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English definition of “prompt”

prompt

verb [T]     /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 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.
(Definition of prompt verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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