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verb [with object]
1(of an event or fact) cause or bring about (an action or feeling):his death has prompted an industry-wide investigation of safety violations cause (someone) to take a course of action:a demonstration by 20,000 people prompted the government to step up security 2assist or encourage (a hesitating speaker) to say something: [with direct speech]:“And the picture?” he prompted supply a forgotten word or line to (an actor) during the performance of a play. Computing (of a computer) request input from (a user).
1an act of assisting or encouraging a hesitating speaker:with barely a prompt, Barbara talked on the word or phrase spoken as a reminder to an actor of a forgotten word or line. Computing a message or symbol on a screen to show that the system is waiting for input. 2the time limit for the payment of an account, as stated on a prompt note.
done without delay; immediate:the owner would have died but for the prompt action of two paramedics (of a person) acting without delay:the fans were prompt and courteous in complying with police requests (of goods) for immediate delivery and payment.