Pronunciation: (prompt), [key]
—adj., -er, -est,
1. done, performed, delivered, etc., at once or without delay: a prompt reply.
2. ready in action; quick to act as occasion demands.
3. quick or alert: prompt to take offense.
1. to move or induce to action: What prompted you to say that?
2. to occasion or incite; inspire: What prompted his resignation?
3. to assist (a person speaking) by suggesting something to be said.
4. Theat.to supply (an actor, singer, etc.) from offstage with a missed cue or forgotten line.
Theat.to supply forgotten lines, lyrics, or the like to an actor, singer, etc.
a. a limit of time given for payment for merchandise purchased, the limit being stated on a note of reminder (prompt' note").
b. the contract setting the time limit.
2. the act of prompting.
3. something serving to suggest or remind.
4. Computers.a message or symbol from a computer system to a user, generally appearing on a display screen, requesting more information or indicating that the system is ready for user instructions.
5. take a prompt, (in acting) to move or speak in response to a cue.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.