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prompt   WordNet 2.0

- (computer science) a symbol that appears on the computer screen to indicate that the computer is ready to receive a command

 
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- a cue given to a performer (usually the beginning of the next line to be spoken)
"the audience could hear his prompting"

 
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- serve as the inciting cause of
"She prompted me to call my relatives"

 
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- assist (somebody acting or reciting) by suggesting the next words of something forgotten or imperfectly learned

 
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- give an incentive for action
"This moved me to sacrifice my career"

 
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- characterized by speed and efficiency

 
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- performed with little or no delay
"an immediate reply to my letter"
"prompt obedience"
"was quick to respond"
"a straightaway denial"

 
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- according to schedule or without delay
"they were always on time"
"a prompt reply"

 
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- quick in apprehending or reacting
"a prompt (or ready) response"
"a prompt smile"

 
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Prompt   Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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.

"And 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. -- 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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1. A limit of time given for payment of an account for produce purchased, this limit varying with different goods. See Prompt-note.

"To cover any probable difference of price which might arise before the expiration of the prompt, which for this article [tea] is three months." -- J. S. Mill.

 
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1. To assist or induce the action of; to move to action; to instigate; to incite.

"God first . . . prompted on the infirmities of the infant world by temporal prosperity." -- Jer. Taylor.

2. To suggest; to dictate.

"And whispering angles prompt her golden dreams." -- Pope.

3. To remind, as an actor or an orator, of words or topics forgotten.

 
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