• (RP) IPA: /pɹɒmpt/
  • (America) IPA: /pɹɑmpt/


  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.
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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.
    • 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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  • French: invite de commande
  • German: Eingabeaufforderung
  • Italian: avvio di comando
  • Russian: подска́зка

prompt (prompts, present participle prompting; 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.
    • 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, gbooks :
      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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