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.

Definitions of prompt
  1. adjective
    according to schedule or without delay; on time
    “the train is prompt
    Synonyms:
    punctual
    acting or arriving or performed exactly at the time appointed
  2. adjective
    performed with little or no delay
    “a prompt reply”
    synonyms: immediate, quick, straightaway
    fast
    acting or moving or capable of acting or moving quickly
  3. adjective
    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
  4. verb
    give an incentive for action
    synonyms: actuate, incentivize, incite, motivate, move, propel
    affect, impress, move, strike
    have an emotional or cognitive impact upon
    move
    arouse sympathy or compassion in
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    type of:
    cause, do, make
    give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally
  5. verb
    serve as the inciting cause of
    “She prompted me to call my relatives”
    synonyms: inspire, instigate
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    cause, get, have, induce, make, stimulate
    cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner
  6. verb
    assist (somebody acting or reciting) by suggesting the next words of something forgotten or imperfectly learned
    synonyms: cue, remind
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    type of:
    inform
    impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to
  7. noun
    a cue given to a performer (usually the beginning of the next line to be spoken)
    synonyms: prompting
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    type of:
    cue
    an actor's line that immediately precedes and serves as a reminder for some action or speech
  8. noun
    (computer science) a symbol that appears on the computer screen to indicate that the computer is ready to receive a command
    synonyms: command prompt
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    type of:
    electronic communication
    communication by computer
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