adjective, prompt·er, prompt·est.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- 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.
Origin of prompt
Synonyms for prompt
Related Words for prompttimely, precise, rapid, efficient, punctual, immediate, instantaneous, speedy, quick, expeditious, swift, urge, draw, persuade, inspire, propel, spur, motivate, induce, convince
Examples from the Web for prompt
Contemporary Examples of prompt
For most people, just saying the name Manson is enough to prompt discomfort.Mrs. Manson, Hometown Antihero
November 24, 2014
Mamoon and his second wife, Liana, hope it will revive his reputation, and “prompt the reissuing of his books in forty languages.”A Novel About a Novelist ‘Like’ Naipaul
November 6, 2014
There is cautious optimism that this prompt action may have helped avert a broader outbreak.What’s Worse Than Ebola in West Africa? Almost Everything
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 23, 2014
Sticks and stones may break your bones but, as some University of Oregon campus cops learned recently, names can prompt a lawsuit.The First Amendment Works, But Does it Work Blue?
July 19, 2014
Failing to attend to these things brings prompt disciplining or patient complaint.How Being a Doctor Became the Most Miserable Profession
April 14, 2014
Historical Examples of prompt
"I'd say that I was lucky to have half of the half that's left," was Emma's prompt retort.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
"It wasn't safe to bring them in the front way," was the Inspector's prompt reply.Within the Law
But she was as tender as ever, unfailingly patient, prompt to come to him and slow to leave.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Now every man to his station; be prompt, and be silent, and attend to the word of command.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
I could not prompt him to go on, but he presently did so himself, desolately enough.Questionable Shapes
William Dean Howells
- 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
Word Origin for prompt
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.