What is the meaning of prompt?


  • A cue given to a performer (usually the beginning of the next line to be spoken. )
    • usage: "the audience could hear his prompting"
  • Computer science. ( a symbol that appears on the computer screen to indicate that the computer is ready to receive a command)


  • Give an incentive for action.
    • usage: "This moved me to sacrifice my career"
  • Serve as the inciting cause of.
    • usage: "She prompted me to call my relatives"
  • Assist (somebody acting or reciting) by suggesting the next words of something forgotten or imperfectly learned.


  • According to schedule or without delay; on time.
    • usage: "the train is prompt"
  • Ready and willing or quick to act.
    • usage: "she is always prompt to help her friends";
  • Performed with little or no delay.
    • usage: "an immediate reply to my letter"; "a prompt reply"; "was quick to respond"; "a straightaway denial"
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