- done, performed, delivered, etc., at once or without delay: a prompt reply.
- ready in action; quick to act as occasion demands.
- quick or alert: prompt to take offense.
- to move or induce to action: What prompted you to say that?
- to occasion or incite; inspire: What prompted his resignation?
- to assist (a person speaking) by suggesting something to be said.
- Theater. to supply (an actor, singer, etc.) from offstage with a missed cue or forgotten line.
- Theater. to supply forgotten lines, lyrics, or the like to an actor, singer, etc.
- a limit of time given for payment for merchandise purchased, the limit being stated on a note of reminder (prompt note).
- the contract setting the time limit.
- the act of prompting.
- something serving to suggest or remind.
- Computers. a message or symbol from a computer system to a user, generally appearing on a display screen, requesting more information or indicating that the system is ready for user instructions.
- take a prompt, (in acting) to move or speak in response to a cue.
Origin of prompt
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Examples from the Web for promptly
Schiff, the Hollywood congressman, said that the movie should be promptly released and widely broadcast.Obama Could Hit China to Punish North Korea
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December 20, 2014
Prosecutors say the two then promised that employee a $10,000 bonus, which was promptly paid.Obama’s Golf Buddy May Be a ‘Hostile Witness’ in Chicago Corruption Case
December 3, 2014
Resources were promptly diverted to rescue those under attack, the committee found.Congress Debunks Congress’s Nuttiest Benghazi Theories
November 26, 2014
He promptly explained the situation, breaking early for intermission.How the Circus Got a Social Conscience
November 7, 2014
Quinn lost his fortune after he amassed control of 25% of Anglo Irish Bank, which promptly went under in the 2007 financial crash.The Zillionaires Who Lost Everything
October 26, 2014
"Discharge the boy from your employment," said his wife, promptly.Brave and Bold
We are all in favor of having it built as promptly as possible.
OBEY them by cheerfully and promptly doing their will, even when it is not to our liking.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
They were quite as anxious for meat--promptly--as anybody, and were as unobtrusive as shadows.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Government advertising was promptly withdrawn from his paper.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
- performed or executed without delay
- quick or ready to act or respond
- informal punctually
- (tr) to urge (someone to do something)
- to remind (an actor, singer, etc) of lines forgotten during a performance
- (tr) to refresh the memory of
- (tr) to give rise to by suggestionhis affairs will prompt discussion
- the time limit allowed for payment of the debt incurred by purchasing goods or services on credit
- the contract specifying this time limit
- Also called: prompt notea memorandum sent to a purchaser to remind him of the time limit and the sum due
- the act of prompting
- anything that serves to remind
- an aid to the operator of a computer in the form of a question or statement that appears on the screen showing that the equipment is ready to proceed and indicating the options available
Word Origin and History for promptly
early 15c., "readiness," from Latin promptus (see prompt (v.)). Meaning "hint, act of prompting" is from 1590s. Computer sense attested by 1977.
early 15c., from Old French prompt and directly from Latin promptus "brought forth," hence "visible, apparent, evident," past participle of promere "to take or bring out or forth" (see prompt (v.)).Related: Promptly; promptitude.