Prompt a. [Compar. Prompter superl. Promptest.]
1. Ready and quick to act as occasion demands; meeting requirements readily; not slow, dilatory, or hesitating in decision or action; responding on the instant; immediate; as, prompt in obedience or compliance; -- said of persons.
Very discerning and prompt in giving orders. --Clarendon.
Tell him I am prompt
To lay my crown at's feet. --Shak.
And you, perhaps, too prompt in your replies. --Dryden.
2. Done or rendered quickly, readily, or immediately; given without delay or hesitation; -- said of conduct; as, prompt assistance.
When Washington heard the voice of his country in distress,
his obedience was prompt. --Ames.
3. Easy; unobstructed. [Obs.]
The reception of the light into the body of the building was very prompt. --Sir H. Wotton.
Syn: -- Ready; expeditious; quick; agile; alert; brisk; nimble.
Usage: -- Prompt, Ready, Expeditious. One who is ready is prepared to act at the moment. One who is prompt acts at the moment. One who is expeditious carries through an undertaking with constant promptness.
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.
To cover any probable difference of price which might arise before the expiration of the prompt, which for this article [tea] is three months. --J. S. Mill.
Prompt, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prompted; p. pr. & vb. n. Prompting.]
1. To assist or induce the action of; to move to action; to instigate; to incite.
God first . . . prompted on the infirmities of the infant world by temporal prosperity. --Jer. Taylor.
2. To suggest; to dictate.
And whispering angles prompt her golden dreams. --Pope.
3. To remind, as an actor or an orator, of words or topics forgotten.
adj 1: according to schedule or without delay; "they were always on
time"; "a prompt reply" [syn: on time]
2: characterized by speed and efficiency [syn: expeditious, timesaving]
3: quick in apprehending or reacting; "a prompt (or ready)
response"; "a prompt smile"
4: performed with little or no delay; "an immediate reply to my
letter"; "prompt obedience"; "was quick to respond"; "a
straightaway denial" [syn: immediate, quick, straightaway]
n 1: a cue given to a performer (usually the beginning of the
next line to be spoken); "the audience could hear his
prompting" [syn: prompting]
2: (computer science) a symbol that appears on the computer
screen to indicate that the computer is ready to receive a
command [syn: command prompt]
v 1: give an incentive for action; "This moved me to sacrifice my
career" [syn: motivate, actuate, propel, move, incite]
2: serve as the inciting cause of; "She prompted me to call my
relatives" [syn: inspire, instigate]
3: assist (somebody acting or reciting) by suggesting the next
words of something forgotten or imperfectly learned [syn: