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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Idioms for prompt
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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Example sentences from the Web for prompt
Which prompts the question: In a GOP field minus Portman, what role will same-sex marriage play?
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|Abby Haglage|October 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His self-doubt prompts him to exert more control and project bitterness.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero|Regina Lizik|October 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For U.S. and European leaders the flow of Western recruits prompts fears of blowback.
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?|Jamie Dettmer|September 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The attention of the public prompts the press to examine the event with greater attention and in greater detail.Tolstoy on Shakespeare|Leo Tolstoy
Your pride further prompts you to give me permission to think what I like of you.Dross|Henry Seton Merriman
If constant motion will not carry her over the top of the wheel, instinct prompts the reasoning creature to abate her efforts.The College, the Market, and the Court|Caroline H. Dall
I believe you, Sir; and I honour the motive which prompts such a devout exclamation.The Sheepfold and the Common, Vol. II (of 2)|Timothy East
Perhaps in Paul on this occasion—certainly often in most men—it is nature, the flesh and not the spirit, which prompts the prayer.
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