prompt

If you're prompt, you're on time. Go ahead and be prompt to class. Also, to prompt is to inspire or make happen. Getting in trouble for being late should prompt you to get a better alarm clock.

The adjective prompt can mean "as scheduled," or simply "quick." When you prompt someone, you motivate them in some way: you might offer a reminder, assistance, or even inspiration to do something. For example, honking your car horn prompts your friend to get moving, and speaking up in defense of your classmate might prompt a bully to change his ways. If a director prompts an actor who's forgotten his lines, she reminds him what comes next.

Primary Meanings of prompt

1.
adj
according to schedule or without delay; on time
2.
v
give an incentive for action
3.
vn
assist (somebody acting or reciting) by suggesting the next words of something forgotten or imperfectly learned
a cue given to a performer (usually the beginning of the next line to be spoken)
Full Definitions of prompt
1

adj according to schedule or without delay; on time

“the train is prompt
Synonyms:
punctual
acting or arriving or performed exactly at the time appointed

adj performed with little or no delay

“a prompt reply”
Synonyms:
immediate, quick, straightaway
fast
acting or moving or capable of acting or moving quickly

adj ready and willing or quick to act

“she is always prompt to help her friends”
Synonyms:
ready
completely prepared or in condition for immediate action or use or progress
2

v give an incentive for action

Synonyms:
actuate, incite, motivate, move, propel
affect, impress, move, strike
have an emotional or cognitive impact upon
move
arouse sympathy or compassion in
Type of:
cause, do, make
give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally

v serve as the inciting cause of

“She prompted me to call my relatives”
Synonyms:
inspire, instigate
Type of:
cause, get, have, induce, make, stimulate
cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner
3

v assist (somebody acting or reciting) by suggesting the next words of something forgotten or imperfectly learned

Synonyms:
cue, remind
Type of:
inform
impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to

n a cue given to a performer (usually the beginning of the next line to be spoken)

Synonyms:
prompting
Type of:
cue
an actor's line that immediately precedes and serves as a reminder for some action or speech

n (computer science) a symbol that appears on the computer screen to indicate that the computer is ready to receive a command

Synonyms:
command prompt
Type of:
electronic communication
communication by computer

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