PromtPromt\ (?; 215), a. [Compar. Prompter; superl. Promptest.] [F. prompt, L. promptus, properly, brought forth (to light or view), hence, visible, evident, at hand, ready, quick, -- p. p. of promere to take or bring forth; pro forth + emere to take. See Redeem. ]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. Any 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. Usage: 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.
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