Adjective "prompt" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of an event or fact) cause or bring about (an action or feeling)
  1. 'Indeed, the figures prompt more questions than answers.'
  2. 'Boots' withdrawal was reportedly prompted by concerns that the deal could offend its core customers.'
  3. 'The move has prompted criticism from media and journalist organisations around the world.'
  4. 'The outcome also prompted immediate speculation in London that Britain's planned referendum on the treaty was now pointless.'
  5. 'My letter to Holiday Inn about the event prompted a classic non-response.'
  6. 'The contract prohibits layoffs unless prompted by events beyond the company's control.'
  7. 'His decision was undeniably prompted by the fact that a girl he fancied was performing in the school play.'
  8. 'The silence of the food queues is prompted by the fear of political violence which pervades many towns.'
  9. 'No official reason was given by the government, raising speculation that it was prompted by critical news reports.'
  10. 'Jerome's explanation only prompted more questions, but Dale held his tongue.'
  11. 'curiosity prompted him to look inside'
  12. 'Power shortages are prompting China to sell shares in its five biggest power generators, two years after they were formed when the government split up the State Power monopoly.'
  13. 'Winslow's instincts prompted her to change course three years ago to pursue her dream of becoming an author.'
  14. 'This prompts Josh Chafetz to respond with a pointed observation.'
  15. 'The competition watchdog twice rejected the proposed sale this year, prompting AGL to launch a legal challenge in September.'
  16. 'Pieces of foam and file also broke free during that shuttle launch, prompting NASA to cancel plans for all further shuttle flights.'
  17. 'Recently he went a bit far, and I was prompted to write a short piece in reply.'
  18. 'The source of the outbreak was traced to neighbouring Zimbabwe, prompting Botswana to erect a high-cost electric fence on the border.'
  19. 'According to Moore, it even prompted the Elks to change their policy.'
  20. 'All the psychotherapy researchers should be prompted to ask how it can be so.'
  21. 'Instead it stirred resentment both inside and outside the party, prompting Abdullah to say he would be willing to face a contested vote.'
Encourage (a hesitating speaker) to say something.
  1. 'The elder daughter silently mouths the word to prompt her sister.'
  2. 'Mistakenly believing that he needs encouragement, I prompt: ‘does it make you happy to write?’'
  3. 'Naomi and Holly, playing the aunts, had to keep prompting me with my lines.'
  4. 'Yes, and we had to keep prompting her with her lines and said most of them ourselves.'
  5. 'When prompted for a password, be sure to write it down.'
  6. 'You can't shop, bank or read many newspapers online without being prompted for a password.'
  7. 'The user would then be prompted to enter their account number and the generated string.'


An act of encouraging a hesitating speaker.
  1. 'I sat here and said ‘Aye’ in response to Mr Speaker's prompts.'
  2. 'Scott's own contribution to the evening seems to have been limited to a whispered prompt.'
  3. 'Students with ADHD might need additional prompts or cues to remind them of what is expected.'
  4. 'While the other performers continued mouthing their parts to give the impression that a technical fault had occurred, the culprit was given a prompt.'
  5. 'Note that Windows, except at the DOS command prompt, supports forward slashes in all file paths.'
  6. 'There is no root password, so you will be given a command prompt.'
The time limit for the payment of an account, stated on a prompt note.


    Done without delay; immediate.
    1. 'The public and the media would criticize the police if no prompt action were taken.'
    2. 'I must commend the RTA for a prompt reply to my letter, and their immediate attention to this dangerous situation.'
    3. 'They say prompt action enabled them to avoid measures that would have affected patients.'
    4. 'Only prompt action by one of the pilots, who aborted his take-off after reaching a speed of more than 100 mph, prevented a collision at Manchester airport.'
    5. 'The day I brought Band-Aids, a large number of animals suddenly needed prompt attention.'
    6. 'The nature of media is that all of these requests require a prompt response.'
    7. 'Prompt response to all citizens' calls for assistance should be a priority.'
    8. 'The best control is prompt diagnosis and removal of sick trees.'
    9. 'Prompt response and appropriate action is necessary to minimize damage in a water loss.'
    10. 'This could be resolved by carrying the corrections over to next week's edition, but would that appease irate members of the public who had been promised a prompt correction this week?'
    11. 'the fans were prompt in complying with police requests'
    12. 'I am, generally, a prompt person and I'm giving you ample notice.'
    13. 'Friendly staff are very prompt with their service, and ambient tunes are played at a background level.'


    Exactly (with reference to a specified time)


      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.

      4. punctual. verb (used with object)

      5. to move or induce to action: What prompted you to say that?

      6. to occasion or incite; inspire: What prompted his resignation?

      7. to assist (a person speaking) by suggesting something to be said.

      8. Theater. to supply (an actor,

      More examples(as adjective)

      "warnings can be prompt on positions."

      "warnings can be prompt across boards."

      "vessels can be prompt in waitings."

      "vessels can be prompt in places."

      "staffs can be prompt in dealings."

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      Middle English (as a verb): based on Old French prompt or Latin promptus ‘brought to light’, also ‘prepared, ready’, past participle of promere ‘to produce’, from pro- ‘out, forth’ + emere ‘take’.