prompt ( prompts plural & 3rd person present) ( prompting present participle) ( prompted past tense & past participle )
1 verb To prompt someone to do something means to make them decide to do it.
Japan's recession has prompted consumers to cut back on buying cars... V n to-inf
The need for villagers to control their own destinies has prompted a new plan. V n
2 verb If you prompt someone when they stop speaking, you encourage or help them to continue. If you prompt an actor, you tell them what their next line is when they have forgotten what comes next.
`Go on,' the therapist prompted him... V with quote
How exactly did he prompt her, Mr Markham? V n
3 adj A prompt action is done without any delay.
usu ADJ n
It is not too late, but prompt action is needed.
4 adj If you are prompt to do something, you do it without delay or you are not late.
You have been so prompt in carrying out all these commissions...
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