- Prompt is defined as something that is done on time or right away or someone who does things on time or immediately.
An example of prompt is someone who is told to arrive at 7:00 and who gets there at 7:00.
- The definition of a prompt is a cue given to someone to help him remember what to say, or is something that causes another event or action to occur.
- An example of prompt is when you whisper a line to an actor who forgot what to say next.
- An example of prompt is an event that starts an argument.
- quick to act or to do what is required; ready, punctual, etc.
- done, spoken, etc. at once or without delay
Origin of promptMiddle English prompte ; from Middle French ; from Classical Latin promptus, brought forth, at hand, ready, quick ; from past participle of promere, to bring forth ; from pro-, forth + emere, to take: see pro- and amp; redeem
- the time limit specified for the payment of an account
- the contract in which the due date is specified
- an act of prompting; reminder
- Comput. a message on a video screen that requests the operator to enter information or a command
- to urge into action; provoke
- to remind (a person) of something he or she has forgotten; specif., to help (an actor, etc. who has forgotten a line) with a cue
- to move or inspire by suggestion
- Comput. to request information with a prompt ()
- Being on time; punctual.
- Carried out or performed without delay: a prompt reply.
transitive verbprompt·ed, prompt·ing, prompts
- To move to act; spur; incite: A noise prompted the guard to go back and investigate.
- To give rise to; inspire: The accident prompted a review of school safety policy.
- To assist with a reminder; remind.
- To assist (an actor or reciter) by providing the next words of a forgotten passage; cue.
- a. The act of prompting or giving a cue.b. A reminder or cue.
- Computers A symbol that appears on a monitor to indicate that the computer is ready to receive input.
Origin of promptMiddle English, ready, from Old French, from Latin prōmptus, from past participle of prōmere, to bring forth : prō-, forth; see pro–1 + emere, to take, obtain; see em- in Indo-European roots.
- promp′ti·tude′ , prompt′ness
(comparative more prompt, superlative most prompt)
- A reminder or cue.
- (business, dated) A time limit given for payment of an account for produce purchased, this limit varying with different goods.
- (computing) A symbol that appears on a monitor to indicate that the computer is ready to receive input.
- I filled in my name where the prompt appeared on the computer screen but my account wasn't recognized.
- (writing) A suggestion for inspiration given to an author.
(third-person singular simple present prompts, present participle prompting, simple past and past participle prompted)
- To lead someone toward what they should say or do.
- I prompted him to get a new job.
- (theater and television) - to show or tell an actor/person the words they should be saying, or actions they should be doing.
- If he forgets his words I will prompt him.
From Middle French prompt, from Latin promptus (“visible, apparent, evident, at hand, prepated, ready, quick, prompt, inclined, disposed"), past participle of promere (“to take or bring out or forth, produce, bring to light"), from pro (“forth, forward") + emere (“to take, acquire, buy").
prompt - Computer Definition
A message displayed on screen that requests action from the user, such as "Enter Employee Name" or "Press 1 to Continue." Command Prompts Are Brief Command-driven systems do not offer a menu and require that users know the commands beforehand and type them in correctly spelled. When ready to accept the next command, they display a simple prompt such as the dollar sign ($) in Unix and Linux. In the DOS command line, the prompt is the drive letter, folder name and right arrow (>); for example: c:\backup>. The command line prompt in dBASE is nothing more than a single dot (.).