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.
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Origin of prompt
historical usage of prompt
The commercial sense of the noun prompt “a time limit given for payment for merchandise purchased" dates from the mid-18th century. The computer sense of the noun “a message or symbol on a display screen requesting more information from a user" dates from 1977.
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How to use prompt in a sentence
The continued surge prompted Prince George’s County to issue a curfew for unaccompanied minors that begins this weekend in its waterfront entertainment and dining district.National Harbor curfew issued for minors as D.C. region sets coronavirus record for 17th day|Rachel Chason, Dana Hedgpeth, Fenit Nirappil|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
The chef says the pandemic prompted an “identity crisis” that put him in touch with his mother and grandmother, who is honored at Moon Rabbit with a gin-based drink.At Moon Rabbit, chef Kevin Tien lures fans to the Wharf|Tom Sietsema|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
Virginia has mostly asked nursing homes to pay for their own employee testing since the start of the pandemic, and Maryland stopped paying for it in August, prompting frustration from some facilities that said they couldn’t afford to foot the bill.Maryland and Virginia nursing homes battle explosive covid-19 outbreaks — again|Rebecca Tan, Rachel Chason|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
The virus is coursing through the entire state, prompting state and local leaders to reimpose restrictions, cancel in-person classes in the places they were held and urge residents to take personal responsibility for stopping the virus’s spread.Maryland’s coronavirus numbers are going up. Here’s what you need to know.|Erin Cox|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
When an Australian pop culture show made fun of the group, the ARMY created a social campaign, prompting an apology.For fans of BTS, the only thing better than the group is each other|Marian Liu|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
Those threats prompted Lozoya to move her family to California for a time until things cooled down, she said in an interview.
The United Nations was prompted to impose a ban on selling mainframe computers or laptops to North Korea.Inside the ‘Surprisingly Great’ North Korean Hacker Hotel|Michael Daly|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What do you think prompted the change in comic book representation of LGBTQ characters?Gail Simone’s Bisexual Catman and the ‘Secret Six’|Rich Goldstein|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The threats from this group are what prompted U.S. airstrikes in September.
That attack prompted the government to declare a three-month state of emergency in parts of North Sinai.ISIS Wannabes Claim They Killed an American in Egypt|Jamie Dettmer|December 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The moment was an awkward one, and Cynthia wished madly that she had not been prompted to ask that unfortunate question.The Boarded-Up House|Augusta Huiell Seaman
I didn't like to be done; the man urged me to occupy one place that was yet vacant; my evil genius prompted me to do so.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
Cowardice prompted him to remain silent, and something which defied silence prompted him at last to talk.The Cromptons|Mary J. Holmes
Instinct had prompted her to put away her husband's bounty in casting off her allegiance.
And she would seat herself at the piano and play as her humor prompted her while the young woman read the letter.
British Dictionary definitions for prompt
- 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 note a memorandum sent to a purchaser to remind him of the time limit and the sum due