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Meaning of “prompt” in the English Dictionary

"prompt" in British English

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promptverb [T]

uk   /prɒmpt/  us   /prɑːmpt/
  • prompt verb [T] (CAUSE)

to make something ​happen: The bishop's ​speech has prompted an ​angryresponse from both ​politicalparties. Recent ​worries over the president's ​health have prompted ​speculation over his ​politicalfuture.prompt sb to do sth C2 to make someone ​decide to say or do something: What prompted you to say that? I don't ​know what prompted him to ​leave.

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  • prompt verb [T] (HELP REMEMBER)

to ​help someone, ​especially an ​actor, to ​remember what they were going to say or do: I ​forgot my ​line and had to be prompted.

promptadjective

uk   /prɒmpt/  us   /prɑːmpt/
B2 (of an ​action) done ​quickly and without ​delay, or (of a ​person) ​actingquickly or ​arriving at the ​arrangedtime: They've written back already - that was a very prompt ​reply. They're usually ​fairly prompt in ​dealing with ​enquiries. Try to be prompt because we'll be very ​short of ​time.

promptnoun [C]

uk   /prɒmpt/  us   /prɑːmpt/
  • prompt noun [C] (ACTOR'S HELP)

words that are ​spoken to an ​actor who has ​forgotten what he or she is going to say during the ​performance of a ​play (also prompter, uk   /ˈprɒmptər/  us   /ˈprɑːmptɚ/ ) a ​person whose ​job is to ​helpactors, during a ​performance, to ​remember words that they have ​forgotten

promptadverb

uk   /prɒmpt/  us   /prɑːmpt/
(Definition of prompt from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"prompt" in American English

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promptadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /prɑmpt/
(of an ​action) done ​quickly and without ​delay, or (of a ​person) ​actingquickly or ​arriving at an ​arrangedtime: The ​agencysent back a prompt ​reply to my ​inquiries.
promptly
adverb  us   /ˈprɑmpt·li/
She ​arrived promptly at 9 o’clock.

promptverb [T]

 us   /prɑmpt/
  • 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.

promptnoun [C]

 us   /prɑmpt/
  • prompt noun [C] (CAUSE)

a ​sign from the ​computer that ​shows it is ​ready to ​receiveyourinstructions 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
(Definition of prompt from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"prompt" in Business English

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promptverb [T]

uk   us   /prɒmpt/
to do something that causes a ​reaction or makes someone do or ​think something: The accusations of ​fraud prompted an angry ​response from the company's ​CEO. Steeply ​risingfoodpricespushedinflation to 5.6% last month prompting ​renewedconcern about whether ​inflation would ​spread more widely.prompt sb/sth to do sth Evidence of a ​sloweconomy will prompt the ​bank to ​lowerinterestrates again. Pre-tax ​profitsoared 28.2%, prompting the ​company to ​declare a ​specialdividend of 70¢ a ​share.
IT if a ​computer prompts you to do something while ​performing a ​task, it gives you a ​message that tells you what ​action to take next: prompt sb to do sth After you've ​downloaded the ​program, you will be prompted to ​restart your PC.

promptadjective

uk   us   /prɒmpt/
done or ​happening without delay: prompt payment/delivery/service The ​message at the ​top of the ​bill is intended to encourage prompt ​payment.prompt action/attention/treatment Millions of ​peoplelackhealthinsurance and therefore aren't getting ​regularscreening or prompt ​treatment.
done quickly, without delay, or arriving at the ​arrangedtime: Be prompt for your ​appointment. The ​cashbackbonus is given to prompt ​payers.

promptnoun

uk   us   /prɒmpt/
(also computer prompt) IT a ​symbol, usually a flashing ​line, or ​message on a ​computerscreen that tells you that the ​computer is ​ready for you to give it an ​instruction: Type your ​username and ​password when you see the prompt.
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(Definition of prompt from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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