AskDefine | Define prompt

Dictionary Definition

prompt adj
1 according to schedule or without delay; "they were always on time"; "a prompt reply" [syn: on time]
2 characterized by speed and efficiency [syn: expeditious, timesaving]
3 quick in apprehending or reacting; "a prompt (or ready) response"; "a prompt smile"
4 performed with little or no delay; "an immediate reply to my letter"; "prompt obedience"; "was quick to respond"; "a straightaway denial" [syn: immediate, quick, straightaway]


1 a cue given to a performer (usually the beginning of the next line to be spoken); "the audience could hear his prompting" [syn: prompting]
2 (computer science) a symbol that appears on the computer screen to indicate that the computer is ready to receive a command [syn: command prompt]


1 give an incentive for action; "This moved me to sacrifice my career" [syn: motivate, actuate, propel, move, incite]
2 serve as the inciting cause of; "She prompted me to call my relatives" [syn: inspire, instigate]
3 assist (somebody acting or reciting) by suggesting the next words of something forgotten or imperfectly learned [syn: remind, cue]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. On time. - (Be prompt for your appointment)
  2. Quick - (He was very prompt getting a new job)


on time


  1. Something that indicates when or where a response is appropriate.
    I filled in my name where the prompt appeared on the computer screen but my account wasn't recognized.
  2. In the context of "writing": A suggestion for inspiration given to an author.


  1. To lead someone toward what they should say or do - (I prompted him to get a new job).
  2. - 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.


to lead someone toward what they should say or do
to show or tell an actor/person the words they should be saying, or actions they should be doing

See also

Extensive Definition

Prompt is an adjective meaning "quick" or "on time", or a verb meaning "to lead someone".
  • Command prompt, in computing, a character in a command line interface to indicate that the computer is ready to accept typed input
  • Prompt (theatre) or "prompter", in theatre, the person who prompts an actor when they forget their next line
  • Prompt corner or prompt box, the location at the side of the stage where the prompt is located
  • Prompt critical, in nuclear engineering, the state of an assembly when for each nuclear fission event, one or more of the immediate or prompt neutrons released causes an additional fission event
  • Prompt neutron, in nuclear engineering, a neutron immediately emitted by a nuclear fission event, as opposed to a delayed neutron
  • PROMPT Telescopes, an array of telescopes located at CTIO which are designed to rapidly observe gamma-ray burst afterglows simultaneously in multiple filters
prompt in German: Prompt
prompt in French: Prompt
prompt in Japanese: プロンプター

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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