prompt

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French prompt, from Latin prōmptus (visible, apparent, evident), past participle of prōmō (to take or bring out or forth, produce, bring to light), from prō (forth, forward) + emō (to take, acquire, buy).

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prompt (comparative more prompt, superlative most prompt)

  1. Quick; acting without delay.
    He was very prompt at getting a new job.
  2. On time; punctual.
    Be prompt for your appointment.
  3. (archaic) Ready; willing to act.
    • 1623, William Shakespeare, Antony & Cleopatra, III.8:
      Tell him, I am prompt / To lay my Crowne at's feete, and there to kneele.

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Noun[edit]

prompt (plural prompts)

  1. A reminder or cue.
  2. (business, dated) A time limit given for payment of an account for produce purchased, this limit varying with different goods.
    • (Can we date this quote by John Stuart Mill and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      To cover any probable difference of price which might arise before the expiration of the prompt, which for this article [tea] is three months.
  3. (computing) A sequence of characters that appears on a monitor to indicate that the computer is ready to receive input.
    I filled in my name where the prompt appeared on the computer screen but my account wasn't recognized.
  4. (writing) A suggestion for inspiration given to an author.

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Verb[edit]

prompt (third-person singular simple present prompts, present participle prompting, simple past and past participle prompted)

  1. (transitive) To lead (someone) toward what they should say or do.
    I prompted him to get a new job.
  2. (transitive, theater and television) To show or tell an actor/person the words they should be saying, or actions they should be doing.
    If he forgets his words I will prompt him.
  3. (transitive) To initiate; to cause or lead to.
    • 2011 September 2, Phil McNulty, “Bulgaria 0-3 England”, in BBC[1]:
      The only sour note on a virtually perfect night for England came from shameful 'monkey' chanting aimed at Ashley Cole and Ashley Young from a section of Bulgaria's fans which later prompted an official complaint from the Football Association to Uefa.
    • 2012, Christoper Zara, Tortured Artists: From Picasso and Monroe to Warhol and Winehouse, the Twisted Secrets of the World's Most Creative Minds, part 1, chapter 1, 27:
      On October 6, 1927, Warner Bros. released The Jazz Singer, the first sound-synched feature film, prompting a technological shift of unprecedented speed and unstoppable force. Within two years, nearly every studio release was a talkie.

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Dutch[edit]

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  • (file)

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prompt

  1. immediately
    Hij betaalde prompt.
    He paid promptly.
    Synonym: meteen

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Inherited from Latin promptus.

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  • IPA(key): /pʁɔ̃/, /pʁɔ̃t/, /pʁɔ̃pt/
  • (file)

Adjective[edit]

prompt (feminine singular prompte, masculine plural prompts, feminine plural promptes)

  1. prompt, swift, quick
  2. (Louisiana) curt

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Norman[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin prōmptus, past participle of prōmō (I take, bring out, produce, bring to light).

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prompt m

  1. (Jersey) hasty

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From French prompt, from Latin promptus, from promere (bring out)

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prompt

  1. quickly and punctually; promptly

Adjective[edit]

prompt (singular and plural prompt, comparative mer prompt, superlative mest prompt)

  1. quick and punctual; prompt

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