• WordNet 3.6
    • adj prompt performed with little or no delay "an immediate reply to my letter","a prompt reply","was quick to respond","a straightaway denial"
    • adj prompt according to schedule or without delay; on time "the train is prompt"
    • adj prompt ready and willing or quick to act; "she is always prompt to help her friends"
    • v prompt serve as the inciting cause of "She prompted me to call my relatives"
    • v prompt assist (somebody acting or reciting) by suggesting the next words of something forgotten or imperfectly learned
    • v prompt give an incentive for action "This moved me to sacrifice my career"
    • n prompt (computer science) a symbol that appears on the computer screen to indicate that the computer is ready to receive a command
    • n prompt 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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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Laws forbidding the sale of sodas on Sunday prompted William Garwood to invent the ice cream sundae in Evanston, IL, in 1875.
    • n Prompt (Com) 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."
    • Prompt 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 ."
    • Prompt Easy; unobstructed. "The reception of the light into the body of the building was very prompt ."
    • Prompt 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.""Tell him I am prompt To lay my crown at's feet.""And you, perhaps, too prompt in your replies."
    • Prompt 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."
    • Prompt To remind, as an actor or an orator, of words or topics forgotten.
    • Prompt To suggest; to dictate. "And whispering angles prompt her golden dreams."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The word "tip" dates back to the old London coffeehouses. Conspicuously placed brass boxes etched with the inscription, "To Insure Promptness," encouraged customers to pay for efficient service. The resulting acronym, TIP, has become a byword.
    • prompt Ready; quick to act as occasion demands; acting with cheerful alacrity; ready and willing: as, prompt in obedience or compliance.
    • prompt Given or performed without delay; quick; ready; not delayed.
    • prompt Hasty; forward; abrupt.
    • prompt Inclined or disposed.
    • prompt Synonyms Early, timely, punctual.
    • prompt To move or excite to action; incite; instigate.
    • prompt To assist (a learner or speaker) by suggesting something forgotten or imperfectly learned or known, or by pronouncing the words next in order: as, to prompt a pupil; to prompt an actor.
    • prompt To dictate; suggest to the mind; inspire.
    • prompt To remind; put (one) in mind.
    • prompt Synonyms Actuate, Impel, Induce, etc.(see actuate), incline, dispose, suggest to. See list under impel.
    • n prompt In com., a limit of time given for payment for merchandise purchased, the limit being stated on a note of reminder called a prompt-note.
    • n prompt Information suggested or prompted.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A man robbed a convenience store and ran out with a bag full of cash. He got down the street and realized he had left his car keys on the counter. When he returned to the store, he was promptly arrested.
    • adj Prompt promt prepared: ready and willing: acting with alacrity: cheerful: unhesitating:
    • v.t Prompt to incite: to move to action: to assist a speaker when at a loss for words: to suggest to the mind
    • n Prompt a limit of time given for payment for merchandise purchased, the limit being stated on the prompt-note, the note of reminder
    • adj Prompt promt (obs.) inclined, disposed
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labor tends, and of which every desire prompts the prosecution.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “Danger -- if you meet it promptly and without flinching -- you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!”
  • Lord Mansfield
    Lord Mansfield
    “Decide promptly, but never give any reasons. Your decisions may be right, but your reasons are sure to be wrong.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    “All human activity is prompted by desire.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “But in his duty prompt at every call, he watched and wept, he prayed and felt for all.”
  • Chilo
    “Be more prompt to go to a friend in adversity than in prosperity.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. promptusprōmĕre, to bring forward—pro, forth, emĕre, to bring.


In literature:

The vacillating man is never a prompt man, and without promptness no success is possible.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
Spasmodic Croup always requires prompt and efficient treatment.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
If this occurs at an early stage of development the child will naturally be promptly killed.
"Preventable Diseases" by Woods Hutchinson
There was a prompt outcry and search, and both were soon found in the garret or loft of the house.
"Memoirs" by Charles Godfrey Leland
This noble father is promptly reinstated.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
Having once picked it up, eat it promptly.
"The Etiquette of To-day" by Edith B. Ordway
Clinton answered promptly and passionately.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
The turtle at once attracted the stranger's notice, and he promptly offered to purchase them.
"Captain Canot" by Brantz Mayer
Promptly to the minute the "Grigsby," anchor up, turned and steamed slowly out of the harbor.
"Dave Darrin After The Mine Layers" by H. Irving Hancock
The promptness of this response and the generosity of the donation, awakened feelings of heartfelt gratitude, on the part of the recipients.
"The Choctaw Freedmen" by Robert Elliott Flickinger

In poetry:

Too many things are undertaken,
Too oft the task is soon forsaken.
Though rich in promptings of the heart,
In faith and duty faint thou art.
"During A Journey In Sweden" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
But there's a place amidst that plain
Which bids its beauties beam in vain;
Which wakes the inmost soul to pain,
And prompts the throb of agony.
"Lines On The Place De La Concorde At Paris," by Amelia Opie
The Maid refus'd the BARON'S suit,
For, well she lov'd another;
The angry GOLFRE'S vengeful rage
Nor pride nor reason could assuage,
Nor pity prompt to smother.
"Golfre, Gothic Swiss Tale" by Mary Darby Robinson
chill me, so do cups used for ash-trays or smeared
with lip-stick: the homes I warm to,
though seldom wealthy, always convey a feeling
of bills being promptly settled
"The Common Life" by W H Auden
Let me, ye wandering spirits of the wind,
Who, as wild fancy prompts you, touch the string,
Smit with your theme, be in your chorus joined,
For, till you cease, my Muse forgets to sing.
"On Æolus's Harp" by James Thomson
There are moments in life when the lip and the eye
Try the question of whether to smile or to cry;
And scenes and reunions that prompt like our own
The tender in feeling, the playful in tone.
"The Quaker Alumni" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

President Obama, prompted by his number two, says he thinks gay marriage should be legal, but he doesn't propose changing any laws.
Record-low turnout could prompt Idaho GOP to revisit closed primary , Ysursa.
Northern Lebanon plans closed-door meeting, prompting Sunshine Act concerns.
A two-month drive to oust the mayor of Coeur d'Alene and three City Council members in the North Idaho city failed Monday, when organizers fell short of the necessary signatures to prompt a special recall election.
Kid cold medicine overdoses prompt FDA review.
Health officials say water samples that showed high levels of fecal coliform bacteria prompted an emergency closure of normally pristine Ward Lake in Olympia.
Little did Gilligan, the skipper, the millionaire and his wife, the movie star, the professor, and Mary Ann know that nearly half a century later, their theme song would be used to prompt baby boomers to schedule colonoscopies .
A recent wave of deadly flash fires and explosions should prompt companies to improve their combustible -dust practices now and not wait for the federal government to act, the nation's chemical safety chief warns.
Issa video alleging lavish White House state dinners prompts ethics complaint.
Commercialization of temples in China prompts ban on stock listings, crackdown on profiteering.
"Conservative coming out" email prompts expletive from Iowa professor.
A fire alarm in the traffic control tower prompted a ground stop at Newark Liberty International Airport.
Restrictions on Birth Control Prompt Louisville Medical Practice to Leave KentuckyOne Health.
Hamas's military wing claimed direct responsibility for a Saturday mortar attack on Israel, which prompted a swift response from Israeli forces.
Father's Day gift prompted my first fish story.

In science:

Zweibel. A deep and thorough referee report prompted much improvement of the paper.
The nonlinear development of the thermal instability in the atomic ISM and its interaction with random fluctuations
It was this very problem that initially prompted us to develop the methods used in this paper.
Random groups in the optical waveguides theory
This problem has prompted two approaches to implementing feedback within such simulations.
The impact of galaxy formation on X-ray groups
The produced π 0s promptly decay into two gamma-rays.
Photon Emission in a Cascade from Relativistic Protons Initiated by Residual Thermal Photons in Gamma-Ray Bursts
The lack of a definite convergence pattern provided by the method just described prompted us to try a different procedure.
Anlaytic mean-field Hall crystal solution at nu=1/3: composite fermion like sub-bands and correlation effects