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Prompt
WordNet 2.0
  • (computer science) a symbol that appears on the computer screen to indicate that the computer is ready to receive a command
  • a cue given to a performer (usually the beginning of the next line to be spoken)
  • "the audience could hear his prompting"
  • serve as the inciting cause of
  • "She prompted me to call my relatives"
  • assist (somebody acting or reciting) by suggesting the next words of something forgotten or imperfectly learned
  • give an incentive for action
  • "This moved me to sacrifice my career"
  • characterized by speed and efficiency
  • performed with little or no delay
  • "an immediate reply to my letter"
  • "prompt obedience"
  • "was quick to respond"
  • "a straightaway denial"
  • according to schedule or without delay
  • "they were always on time"
  • "a prompt reply"
  • quick in apprehending or reacting
  • "a prompt (or ready) response"
  • "a prompt smile"
Prompt
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. Ready and quick to act as occasion demands; meeting requirements readily; not slow, dilatory, or hesitating in decision or action; responding on the instant; immediate; as, prompt in obedience or compliance; -- said of persons.

    "Very discerning and prompt in giving orders." -- Clarendon.

    "Tell him I am prompt To lay my crown at's feet." -- Shak.

    "And you, perhaps, too prompt in your replies." -- Dryden.

    2. Done or rendered quickly, readily, or immediately; given without delay or hesitation; -- said of conduct; as, prompt assistance.

    "When Washington heard the voice of his country in distress, his obedience was prompt." -- Ames.

    3. Easy; unobstructed. [Obs.]

    "The reception of the light into the body of the building was very prompt." -- Sir H. Wotton.

    Syn. -- Ready; expeditious; quick; agile; alert; brisk; nimble. -- Prompt, Ready, Expeditious. One who is ready is prepared to act at the moment. One who is prompt acts at the moment. One who is expeditious carries through an undertaking with constant promptness.

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

    "To cover any probable difference of price which might arise before the expiration of the prompt, which for this article [tea] is three months." -- J. S. Mill.

  • 1. To assist or induce the action of; to move to action; to instigate; to incite.

    "God first . . . prompted on the infirmities of the infant world by temporal prosperity." -- Jer. Taylor.

    2. To suggest; to dictate.

    "And whispering angles prompt her golden dreams." -- Pope.

    3. To remind, as an actor or an orator, of words or topics forgotten.

 

There is no truth. There is only perception.

Gustave Flaubert
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