- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Wordsurge, draw, persuade, inspire, propel, spur, motivate, induce, convince, indicate, elicit, arouse, suggest, provoke, cause, stimulate, help, twit, jolt, stimulus
Examples from the Web for prompts
Which prompts the question: In a GOP field minus Portman, what role will same-sex marriage play?Is Gay Marriage Going Away in 2016?
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This statement, interpreted by many in the media as a sign that the epidemic is abating, prompts more questions than answers.The WHO’s Big Asterisk on Liberia’s Ebola Case Decrease
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But the decision to do so prompts a key question once again: Who are the moderates?Who Are These ‘Moderate’ Syrians Obama Wants to Pit Against ISIS?
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This prompts Sarah Lynn to stab herself with a Confederate bayonet letter-opener, causing a geyser of blood.'BoJack Horseman': The Debauched Tales of a Drunken, Groupie-Sexing D-List Horse, Hits Netflix
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It works as a food journal and prompts you to take your pulse when it needs it.3 Ways to Track Your Food and Feel Healthy
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It must be some devil in me that prompts me to this ingratitude.Sacrifice
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Self-love, which prompts him to seek his own ease, interest, or gratification.The Philosophy of the Moral Feelings
What prompts the mother to guard her infant in the face of every danger?The Wonder Island Boys: The Tribesmen
It is, indeed, 'nature erring from itself' which prompts to these marriages.The Physical Life of Woman:
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This is what prompts concerns about the civilization of illiteracy.The Civilization of Illiteracy
- 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 prompts
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.