Meaning of “prompt” in the English Dictionary

"prompt" in 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 angry response from both political parties.
Recent worries over the president's health have prompted speculation over his political future.
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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promptadjective

uk /prɒmpt/ us /prɑːmpt/

B2 (of an action) done quickly and without delay, or (of a person) acting quickly or arriving at the arranged time:

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/

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/

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 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 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

(Definition of “prompt” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"prompt" in Business English

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promptverb [ T ]

uk /prɒmpt/ us

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 rising food prices pushed inflation to 5.6% last month prompting renewed concern about whether inflation would spread more widely.
prompt sb/sth to do sth Evidence of a slow economy will prompt the bank to lower interest rates again.
Pre-tax profit soared 28.2%, prompting the company to declare a special dividend 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 /prɒmpt/ us

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 people lack health insurance and therefore aren't getting regular screening or prompt treatment.

done quickly, without delay, or arriving at the arranged time:

Be prompt for your appointment.
The cashback bonus is given to prompt payers.

promptnoun

uk /prɒmpt/ us

also computer prompt IT a symbol, usually a flashing line, or message on a computer screen 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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Both institutions gave highly satisfactory answers to the criticisms in my report and we have had prompt and comprehensive replies to our questions and comments.
No doubt such bad practices have been encouraged by the failure of past rules to demand prompt payment to smaller firms.
I think that a credible and serious prospect of accession for these countries is the strongest possible stimulus to prompt them to really do what is necessary.
We should also not overlook the need for prompt communication with the public and media about the situation and the measures that need to be taken.
We would like to achieve real progress in the development of security and defence policy and take prompt and decisive steps forward.
Nonetheless, it would be equally wrong for us to ignore the genuine concerns that prompt such responses in the first place.
The annual report contains many examples of the institutions taking prompt action to settle cases brought to their attention and responding positively to my proposals and recommendations.
Secondly, that we are seeking a multiannual financial framework which will allow prompt planning of policies and programmes and, of course, that we reject four- or five-year scenarios.
We now have to be prompt in providing aid for the people in the aftermath of war and for the purpose of stabilising the region.
Prompt detection therefore, but prompt treatment also.