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English adjective: prompt

1. prompt according to schedule or without delay; on time

SamplesThe train is prompt.



2. prompt ready and willing or quick to act

SamplesShe is always prompt to help her friends.



3. prompt performed with little or no delay

SamplesAn immediate reply to my letter.
A prompt reply.
Was quick to respond.
A straightaway denial.

Synonymsimmediate, quick, straightaway



English noun: prompt

1. prompt (communication) a cue given to a performer (usually the beginning of the next line to be spoken)

SamplesThe audience could hear his prompting.


Broader (hypernym)cue

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

Synonymscommand prompt

Broader (hypernym)electronic communication

Domain categorycomputer science, computing

English verb: prompt

1. prompt (creation) give an incentive for action

SamplesThis moved me to sacrifice my career.

ExamplesThey prompt him to write the letter

Synonymsactuate, incite, motivate, move, propel

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)cause, do, make

Verb groupaffect, impress, move, move, strike

2. prompt (communication) serve as the inciting cause of

SamplesShe prompted me to call my relatives.

ExamplesThey prompt him to write the letter

Synonymsinspire, instigate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)cause, get, have, induce, make, stimulate

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

Synonymscue, remind

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)inform

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