Prompt Prompt (pr[o^]mt; 215), a. [Compar. {Prompter}; superl. {Promptest}.] [F. prompt, L. promptus, properly, brought forth (to light or view), hence, visible, evident, at hand, ready, quick, -- p. p. of promere to take or bring forth; pro forth + emere to take. See {Redeem}. ] [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]

Very discerning and prompt in giving orders. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster]

Tell him I am prompt To lay my crown at's feet. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

And you, perhaps, too prompt in your replies. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. Done or rendered quickly, readily, or immediately; given without delay or hesitation; -- said of conduct; as, prompt assistance. [1913 Webster]

When Washington heard the voice of his country in distress, his obedience was prompt. --Ames. [1913 Webster]

3. Easy; unobstructed. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The reception of the light into the body of the building was very prompt. --Sir H. Wotton. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • prompt — prompt, prompte [ prɔ̃(pt), prɔ̃(p)t ] adj. • 1540; « prêt, disposé à » 1205; lat. promptus I ♦ Qui agit ou se produit tôt. 1 ♦ Qui agit, fait (qqch.) sans tarder. PROMPT À [ prɔ̃a ]. « Il était violent, généreux, prompt à l injure, prompt aux… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • prompt — prompt, ompte (pron, pron t ; au masculin, le t se lie : pron t à...) adj. 1°   Qui ne tarde pas, soudain. •   Leur abord fut bien prompt, leur fuite encor plus prompte, CORN. Cid, IV, 1. •   Par un prompt désespoir souvent on se marie, Qu on s… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • prompt — PROMPT, Ă, prompţi, te, adj. (Despre oameni) Care acţionează repede şi la timp. ♦ (Despre fapte, acţiuni etc.) Care se produce repede, fără întârziere. – Din fr. prompt, lat. promptus. Trimis de oprocopiuc, 09.05.2006. Sursa: DEX 98  Prompt ≠… …   Dicționar Român

  • prompt — PROMPT, [promp]te. ad. Soudain, qui ne tarde pas long temps. Il est opposé à lent. Un prompt retour. je vous souhaite un heureux voyage & un prompt retour. rendre une prompte réponse. avoir la repartie prompte. On dit, Avoir l esprit prompt,… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Prompt — is an adjective meaning quick or on time , or a verb meaning to lead someone .* Command prompt, in computing, one or more characters in a command line interface to indicate that the computer is ready to accept typed input * Prompt (theatre) or… …   Wikipedia

  • prompt — Adj std. (17. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus frz. prompt(e), das auf gleichbedeutendes l. prōmptus zurückgeht (zu l. prōmere hervornehmen , das zu l. emere nehmen gebildet ist).    Ebenso nndl. prompt, ne. prompt, nfrz. prompt, nschw. prompt,… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • prompt — Prompt, Prest et appareillé, Promptus. Prompt rhetoricien, Extemporalis rhetor. Un courage prompt et disposé à la guerre, Animus alacer ad bellum suscipiendum. Estre plus prompt, ou prest à regarder à son danger, Promptiorem esse ad sua pericula …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Prompt — 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}. [1913 Webster] To cover any probable difference of price which might arise before the expiration… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prompt — prompt; prompt·er; prompt·ly; prompt·ness; …   English syllables

  • Prompt — Prompt, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Prompted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Prompting}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To assist or induce the action of; to move to action; to instigate; to incite. [1913 Webster] God first . . . prompted on the infirmities of the infant world… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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