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prompt

adjective [-er/-est only]  /prɑmpt/ us  

prompt adjective [-er/-est only] (QUICK)

(of an action) done quickly and without delay, or (of a person) acting quickly or arriving at an arranged time: The agency sent back a prompt reply to my inquiries.
promptly
adverb  /ˈprɑmpt·li/ us  
She arrived promptly at 9 o’clock.

prompt

verb [T]  /prɑmpt/ us  

prompt verb [T] (CAUSE)

to cause someone to say or do something: [+ to infinitive] What prompted you to say that? If you prompt an actor or speaker, you help by quietly saying the next word or phrase if it has been forgotten.

prompt

noun [C]  /prɑmpt/ us  

prompt noun [C] (CAUSE)

a sign from the computer that shows it is ready to receive your instructions writing A prompt is also a set of directions or a passage from a book, poem, or play to give you ideas for writing something
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