Definition of prompt in English:


Syllabification: prompt
Pronunciation: /prämpt


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  • 2Assist or encourage (a hesitating speaker) to say something: [with direct speech]: “And the picture?” he prompted
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    • Mistakenly believing that he needs encouragement, I prompt: ‘does it make you happy to write?’
    • It must be nearly thirty years since I have read it but I could almost quote it as soon as the first line prompted me.
    • The elder daughter silently mouths the word to prompt her sister.
  • 2.1Supply a forgotten word or line to (an actor) during the performance of a play.
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    • Not only are there no other performers to distract the audience, there is no handy support mechanism to prompt a line.
    • Considering that each has no other actor to prompt them, they do a remarkable job.
    • Yes, and we had to keep prompting her with her lines and said most of them ourselves.
  • 2.2 Computing (Of a computer) request input from (a user).
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    • When prompted for a password, be sure to write it down.
    • You can't shop, bank or read many newspapers online without being prompted for a password.
    • You will be prompted for your password, and the file should copy to the current directory.


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  • 1An act of assisting or encouraging a hesitating speaker: with barely a prompt, Barbara talked on
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    • I sat here and said ‘Aye’ in response to Mr Speaker's prompts.
    • Practise active, reflective listening - listen carefully, repeat what you've heard to make sure you understand and give positive prompts to encourage your child to continue.
    • Scott's own contribution to the evening seems to have been limited to a whispered prompt.
  • 1.1The word or phrase spoken as a reminder to an actor of a forgotten word or line.
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    • Phil stormed onto the stage, pulled the ear piece from Gary's ear and demanded that he do his trick without the aid of offstage prompts.
    • While the other performers continued mouthing their parts to give the impression that a technical fault had occurred, the culprit was given a prompt.
    reminder, cue, feed
  • 1.2 Computing A message or symbol on a screen to show that the system is waiting for input.
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    • Note that Windows, except at the DOS command prompt, supports forward slashes in all file paths.
    • A display manager provides a graphical login prompt for the user.
    • Delete the existing DOS partition by following the prompts on screen.
  • 1.3 another term for prompter.
  • 2The time limit for the payment of an account, as stated on a prompt note.


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  • 1Done without delay; immediate: the owner would have died but for the prompt action of two paramedics
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    • The day I brought Band-Aids, a large number of animals suddenly needed prompt attention.
    • I must commend the RTA for a prompt reply to my letter, and their immediate attention to this dangerous situation.
    • The instantaneous nature of the net then provokes a prompt response.
    quick, swift, rapid, speedy, fast, direct, immediate, instant, expeditious, early, punctual, in good time, on time, timely
  • 1.1(Of a person) acting without delay: the fans were prompt and courteous in complying with police requests
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    • I am, generally, a prompt person and I'm giving you ample notice.
    • The doctors and staff were very prompt in checking me out and were not sure whether I was having a severe angina attack or a mild heart attack.
    • I called the police and they were very prompt but they didn't catch him.
  • 1.2(Of goods) for immediate delivery and payment.



Pronunciation: /ˈprämptəˌt(y)o͞od/
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  • The web writer jumps from stone to stone in this giddy lake, with his/her own feverish promptitude being the singular millstone.
  • With customary promptitude and precision our historian completed his task.
  • I reached the pit with a swift promptitude and charged back with even quicker speed.


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  • My self-righteousness faded immediately, for the principal replied with astonishing promptness and courtesy.
  • As part of this contract, orders for NHS medicines are dispensed for patients on demand with reasonable promptness.
  • The promptness of the administration when it comes to demolishing our houses and arresting us is admirable.


Middle English (as a verb): based on Old French prompt or Latin promptus 'brought to light', also 'prepared, ready', past participle of promere 'to produce', from pro- 'out, forth' + emere 'take'.

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