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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

promptprɒmpt(adj.)prompt•er, prompt•est.

  1. done, performed, delivered, etc., at once or without delay:

    a prompt reply.

  2. quick to act or respond.

  3. punctual.

  4. (v.t.)to induce (someone) to action.

  5. to occasion or inspire (an act).

  6. to assist (a speaker or performer) by suggesting something to be said, offering a missed cue, etc.

  7. (n.)a limit of time given for payment for merchandise purchased. the contract setting the time limit.

  8. the act of prompting.

  9. something serving to suggest or remind.

  10. a symbol or message on a computer screen requesting more information or indicating readiness to accept instructions.

    Category: Computers

Origin of prompt:

1300–50; (v.) ME < ML prōmptāre to incite, L: to distribute, freq. of prōmere to bring out =prō-pro -1+(e)mere to take, buy; (adj.) late ME < L promptus ready, prompt, orig. ptp. of prōmere

prompt′ness(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. prompt, prompting(noun)

    a cue given to a performer (usually the beginning of the next line to be spoken)

    "the audience could hear his prompting"

  2. prompt, command prompt(adj)

    (computer science) a symbol that appears on the computer screen to indicate that the computer is ready to receive a command

  3. prompt(adj)

    according to schedule or without delay; on time

    "the train is prompt"

  4. prompt(adj)

    ready and willing or quick to act

    "she is always prompt to help her friends";

  5. immediate, prompt, quick, straightaway(verb)

    performed with little or no delay

    "an immediate reply to my letter"; "a prompt reply"; "was quick to respond"; "a straightaway denial"

  6. motivate, actuate, propel, move, prompt, incite(verb)

    give an incentive for action

    "This moved me to sacrifice my career"

  7. prompt, inspire, instigate(verb)

    serve as the inciting cause of

    "She prompted me to call my relatives"

  8. prompt, remind, cue(verb)

    assist (somebody acting or reciting) by suggesting the next words of something forgotten or imperfectly learned

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. prompt(adjective)ɒmpt

    on time; = punctual

    his prompt arrival; He's usually very prompt.

  2. promptɒmpt

    immediate or without delay

    A prompt response to emergency calls can save lives.; We will leave promptly at 2:00.; She acted promptly to prevent a disaster.

  3. prompt(verb)ɒmpt

    to encourage or stimulate sb to do or say sth

    What prompted him to commit murder?; a bomb threat that prompted an evacuation of the building

  4. promptɒmpt

    to remind sb what to say

    It was my job to prompt the actors from the wings.

  5. prompt(noun)ɒmpt

    a flashing mark on a computer screen that indicates where to type

    Begin typing when you see the prompt.

Wiktionary

  1. prompt(Noun)

    Something that indicates when or where a response is appropriate.

    I filled in my name where the prompt appeared on the computer screen but my account wasn't recognized.

  2. prompt(Noun)

    A suggestion for inspiration given to an author.

  3. prompt(Verb)

    To lead someone toward what they should say or do.

    I prompted him to get a new job.

  4. prompt(Verb)

    - to show or tell an actor/person the words they should be saying, or actions they should be doing.

    If he forgets his words I will prompt him.

  5. prompt(Adjective)

    Ready, willing (to act).

  6. prompt(Adjective)

    Quick, acting without delay.

    He was very prompt at getting a new job.

  7. prompt(Adjective)

    On time, punctual.

    Be prompt for your appointment.

  8. Origin: From prompt, from promptus, past participle of , from + .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prompt(noun)

    a limit of time given for payment of an account for produce purchased, this limit varying with different goods. See Prompt-note

  2. Prompt(verb)

    to assist or induce the action of; to move to action; to instigate; to incite

  3. Prompt(verb)

    to suggest; to dictate

  4. Prompt(verb)

    to remind, as an actor or an orator, of words or topics forgotten

Freebase

  1. Prompt

    The prompt in a theatre is traditionally the person who prompts or cues actors when they forget their lines or neglect to move on the stage to where they are supposed to be situated. Nowadays, many of the earlier duties of the prompter are undertaken by the stage manager, who will have a copy of the script called the prompt book. This is the most definitive version of the script for any one performance, and will contain details of all cues, with their precise timings with respect to the action on stage. This allows the prompt to direct lighting, sound, flying effects and scene changes during a show. The prompt book also often contains blocking notes, so that the prompt is always aware of the intended positions and movements of all the actors on stage at any given time. In professional and most high-quality community theatre productions, the prompt is never used during a performance to instruct actors if they forget a line or movement, only during a rehearsal. If prompting is absolutely necessary, it can be done very quietly by another actor on-stage. The prompt is located on the stage, in the prompt corner or "prompt side." In Elizabethan theatre the function of prompting was filled by the Book-Holder, who was also in charge of props and calls.

British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'PROMPT' in Verbs Frequency: #671


Translations for PROMPT

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

prompt(verb)

to persuade to do something

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