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 promptlyrapidly, swiftly, speedily, quickly, directly, hastily, instantly, expeditiously, pronto, fast, flat-out, lickety-split, now, posthaste, sharp, straightaway, PDQ, fleetly, punctually, unhesitatingly
Examples from the Web for promptly
Contemporary Examples of promptly
Schiff, the Hollywood congressman, said that the movie should be promptly released and widely broadcast.Obama Could Hit China to Punish North Korea
Shane Harris, Tim Mak
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
Historical Examples of promptly
"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Government advertising was promptly withdrawn from his paper.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)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
- 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.