Promt\ (?; 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.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
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