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[prompt] /prɒmpt/
adjective, prompter, promptest.
1.
done, performed, delivered, etc., at once or without delay:
a prompt reply.
2.
ready in action; quick to act as occasion demands.
3.
quick or alert:
prompt to take offense.
4.
verb (used with object)
5.
to move or induce to action:
What prompted you to say that?
6.
to occasion or incite; inspire:
What prompted his resignation?
7.
to assist (a person speaking) by suggesting something to be said.
8.
Theater. to supply (an actor, singer, etc.) from offstage with a missed cue or forgotten line.
verb (used without object)
9.
Theater. to supply forgotten lines, lyrics, or the like to an actor, singer, etc.
noun
10.
Commerce.
  1. a limit of time given for payment for merchandise purchased, the limit being stated on a note of reminder (prompt note)
  2. the contract setting the time limit.
11.
the act of prompting.
12.
something serving to suggest or remind.
13.
Computers. a message or symbol from a computer system to a user, generally appearing on a display screen, requesting more information or indicating that the system is ready for user instructions.
Idioms
14.
take a prompt, (in acting) to move or speak in response to a cue.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; (v.) Middle English < Medieval Latin prōmptāre to incite, Latin: to distribute, frequentative of prōmere to bring out, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + (e)mere to take, buy; (adj.) late Middle English < Latin promptus ready, prompt, special use of past participle of prōmere
Related forms
promptly, adverb
promptness, noun
overprompt, adjective
overpromptly, adverb
overpromptness, noun
quasi-prompt, adjective
quasi-promptly, adverb
unprompt, adjective
unpromptly, adverb
unpromptness, noun
unprompted, adjective
Synonyms
5. urge, spur, instigate, impel.
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Examples from the web for prompted
  • And those more generous provisions are now likely to be here to stay, even if the conditions that prompted them abate.
  • The rapid population decline prompted some conservationists to take extreme measures to staunch the loss.
  • These urgent signals are prompted by oxygen free radicals acting as messengers.
  • But in experimental settings, people prompted to convey emotion have tended to be negative.
  • The experience prompted him to think more creatively about how students might reveal what they had learned in other settings.
  • The loss of preferential treatment prompted a search for new markets.
  • The nature of the protest prompted one undergraduate to complain to the student newspaper.
  • It was then prompted to whistle and sound recordings taken.
  • The report was prompted by several high-profile misconduct cases.
  • Their powerful, on-the-ground accounts prompted an outpouring of support and restored financial stability to the park.
British Dictionary definitions for prompted

prompt

/prɒmpt/
adjective
1.
performed or executed without delay
2.
quick or ready to act or respond
adverb
3.
(informal) punctually
verb
4.
(transitive) to urge (someone to do something)
5.
to remind (an actor, singer, etc) of lines forgotten during a performance
6.
(transitive) to refresh the memory of
7.
(transitive) to give rise to by suggestion: his affairs will prompt discussion
noun
8.
(commerce)
  1. the time limit allowed for payment of the debt incurred by purchasing goods or services on credit
  2. the contract specifying this time limit
  3. Also called prompt note. a memorandum sent to a purchaser to remind him of the time limit and the sum due
9.
the act of prompting
10.
anything that serves to remind
11.
an aid to the operator of a computer in the form of a question or statement that appears on the screen showing that the equipment is ready to proceed and indicating the options available
Derived Forms
promptly, adverb
promptness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin promptus evident, from prōmere to produce, from pro-1 + emere to buy
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Word Origin and History for prompted

prompt

v.

mid-14c., prompten, from Latin promptus, past participle of promere "to bring forth," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + emere "to take" (see exempt (adj.)). Theatrical sense of "to assist a speaker with lines" is first recorded early 15c. Related: Prompted; prompting.

n.

early 15c., "readiness," from Latin promptus (see prompt (v.)). Meaning "hint, act of prompting" is from 1590s. Computer sense attested by 1977.

adj.

early 15c., from Old French prompt and directly from Latin promptus "brought forth," hence "visible, apparent, evident," past participle of promere "to take or bring out or forth" (see prompt (v.)).Related: Promptly; promptitude.

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