prompt

adj., adv., v., & n.
—adj.
1 a acting with alacrity; ready. b made, done, etc. readily or at once (a prompt reply).
2 a (of a payment) made forthwith. b (of goods) for immediate delivery and payment.
—adv. punctually (at six o'clock prompt).
—v.tr.
1 (usu. foll. by to, or to + infin.) incite; urge (prompted them to action).
2 a (also absol.) supply a forgotten word, sentence, etc., to (an actor, reciter, etc.). b assist (a hesitating speaker) with a suggestion.
3 give rise to; inspire (a feeling, thought, action, etc.).
—n.
1 a an act of prompting. b a thing said to help the memory of an actor etc. c = PROMPTER 2. d Computing an indication or sign on a VDU screen to show that the system is waiting for input.
2 the time limit for the payment of an account, stated on a prompt note.
Phrases and idioms:
prompt-book a copy of a play for a prompter's use. prompt-box a box in front of the footlights beneath the stage where the prompter sits. prompt-note a note sent to a customer as a reminder of payment due. prompt side the side of the stage where the prompter sits, usu. to the actor's left.
Derivatives:
prompting n. promptitude n. promptly adv. promptness n.
Etymology: ME f. OF prompt or L promptus past part. of promere prompt- produce (as PRO-(1), emere take)

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  • prompt — prompt, prompte [ prɔ̃(pt), prɔ̃(p)t ] adj. • 1540; « prêt, disposé à » 1205; lat. promptus I ♦ Qui agit ou se produit tôt. 1 ♦ Qui agit, fait (qqch.) sans tarder. PROMPT À [ prɔ̃a ]. « Il était violent, généreux, prompt à l injure, prompt aux… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • prompt — prompt, ompte (pron, pron t ; au masculin, le t se lie : pron t à...) adj. 1°   Qui ne tarde pas, soudain. •   Leur abord fut bien prompt, leur fuite encor plus prompte, CORN. Cid, IV, 1. •   Par un prompt désespoir souvent on se marie, Qu on s… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • prompt — PROMPT, Ă, prompţi, te, adj. (Despre oameni) Care acţionează repede şi la timp. ♦ (Despre fapte, acţiuni etc.) Care se produce repede, fără întârziere. – Din fr. prompt, lat. promptus. Trimis de oprocopiuc, 09.05.2006. Sursa: DEX 98  Prompt ≠… …   Dicționar Român

  • Prompt — (pr[o^]mt; 215), a. [Compar. {Prompter}; superl. {Promptest}.] [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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prompt — PROMPT, [promp]te. ad. Soudain, qui ne tarde pas long temps. Il est opposé à lent. Un prompt retour. je vous souhaite un heureux voyage & un prompt retour. rendre une prompte réponse. avoir la repartie prompte. On dit, Avoir l esprit prompt,… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Prompt — is an adjective meaning quick or on time , or a verb meaning to lead someone .* Command prompt, in computing, one or more characters in a command line interface to indicate that the computer is ready to accept typed input * Prompt (theatre) or… …   Wikipedia

  • prompt´ly — prompt «prompt», adjective, verb, noun. –adj. 1. ready and willing; on time; quick: »Be prompt to obey. But he learns to tell time much earlier than he learns to be prompt (Sidonie M. Gruenberg). SYNONYM(S): punctual. See syn. under ready. (Cf. ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • prompt — Adj std. (17. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus frz. prompt(e), das auf gleichbedeutendes l. prōmptus zurückgeht (zu l. prōmere hervornehmen , das zu l. emere nehmen gebildet ist).    Ebenso nndl. prompt, ne. prompt, nfrz. prompt, nschw. prompt,… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • prompt — Prompt, Prest et appareillé, Promptus. Prompt rhetoricien, Extemporalis rhetor. Un courage prompt et disposé à la guerre, Animus alacer ad bellum suscipiendum. Estre plus prompt, ou prest à regarder à son danger, Promptiorem esse ad sua pericula …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Prompt — Prompt, n. (Com.) A limit of time given for payment of an account for produce purchased, this limit varying with different goods. See {Prompt note}. [1913 Webster] To cover any probable difference of price which might arise before the expiration… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prompt — prompt; prompt·er; prompt·ly; prompt·ness; …   English syllables

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