What does prompt mean?

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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


  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.

    Etymology: From prompt, from promptus, past participle of , from + .

  2. prompt(Noun)

    A suggestion for inspiration given to an author.

    Etymology: From prompt, from promptus, past participle of , from + .

  3. prompt(Verb)

    To lead someone toward what they should say or do.

    I prompted him to get a new job.

    Etymology: From prompt, from promptus, past participle of , from + .

  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.

    Etymology: From prompt, from promptus, past participle of , from + .

  5. prompt(Adjective)

    Ready, willing (to act).

    Etymology: From prompt, from promptus, past participle of , from + .

  6. prompt(Adjective)

    Quick, acting without delay.

    He was very prompt at getting a new job.

    Etymology: From prompt, from promptus, past participle of , from + .

  7. prompt(Adjective)

    On time, punctual.

    Be prompt for your appointment.

    Etymology: 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


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prompt

    promt, adj. prepared: ready and willing: acting with alacrity: cheerful: unhesitating: (obs.) inclined, disposed.—v.t. to incite: to move to action: to assist a speaker when at a loss for words: to suggest to the mind.—n. a limit of time given for payment for merchandise purchased, the limit being stated on the prompt-note, the note of reminder.—ns. Prompt′-book, a copy of a play arranged for the prompter's use; Prompt′er; Prompt′ing, the act of prompting or suggesting: that which is prompted or suggested; Prompt′itūde, promptness: readiness: willingness: quickness of decision and action.—adv. Prompt′ly.—ns. Prompt′ness; Prompt′ūary, a magazine, repository, a handbook; Prompt′ūre (Shak.), suggestion: instigation. [Fr.,—L. promptusprōmĕre, to bring forward—pro, forth, emĕre, to bring.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prompt in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prompt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of prompt in a Sentence

  1. Julie Solar:

    It will likely prompt further risk rating downgrades in their (banks') SNC portfolios, which may lead to further provisioning.

  2. Peter Keavey:

    All commodities are subject to storage costs, and much of that is dependent on the forward curve. We're hoping this contract will help price transparency of prompt storage, we think it will be a logistical storage solution.

  3. White House spokesman Josh Earnest:

    You should not prompt changes to the newsroom or to a news organization's editorial policies, we call on the Turkish government to ensure full respect for due process and equal treatment under the law, and in a democratic society, critical opinions should be encouraged not silenced.

  4. Barbara Blaine:

    Those who commit clergy sex crimes are sometimes charged. But those who conceal those crimes are rarely charged, we hope these charges will prompt more victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to come forward, call police, expose wrongdoers, protect kids and start healing.

  5. Author Unknown, (apocryphal):

    The tipping custom originated in England when small sums were dropped into a box marked T.I.P.S. --TO INSURE PROMPT SERVICE.

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