Prompt meaning

prŏmpt
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.

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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.

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To urge into action; provoke.
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Done, spoken, etc. at once or without delay.
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Carried out or performed without delay.

A prompt reply.

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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.
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Being on time; punctual.
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Quick, acting without delay.

He was very prompt at getting a new job.

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An act of prompting; reminder.
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Quick to act or to do what is required; ready, punctual, etc.
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(comput.) A message on a video screen that requests the user to enter information or a command.
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(writing) A suggestion for inspiration given to an author.
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To lead someone toward what they should say or do.

I prompted him to get a new job.

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(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.

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To move to act; spur; incite.

A noise prompted the guard to go back and investigate.

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To give rise to; inspire.

The accident prompted a review of school safety policy.

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To assist with a reminder; remind.
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To assist (an actor or reciter) by providing the next words of a forgotten passage; cue.
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(computers) A symbol that appears on a monitor to indicate that the computer is ready to receive input.
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To move or inspire by suggestion.
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To request a response from (a user) with a prompt.
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A message displayed on screen that requests action from the user, such as "Enter Employee Name" or "Press 1 to Continue."Command Prompts Are BriefCommand-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 (.).
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(archaic) Ready, willing (to act).
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On time, punctual.

Be prompt for your appointment.

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A reminder or cue.
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(business, dated) A time limit given for payment of an account for produce purchased, this limit varying with different goods.
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(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.

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Origin of prompt

  • Middle English ready from Old French from Latin prōmptus from past participle of prōmere to bring forth prō- forth pro–1 emere to take, obtain em- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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").

    From Wiktionary