Prompt

Definition of Prompt

Pronunciation: prǒmt; 215
a.1.
1.Ready and quick to act as occasion demands; meeting requirements readily; not slow, dilatory, or hesitating in decision or action; responding on the instant; immediate; as, prompt in obedience or compliance; - said of persons.
Very discerning and prompt in giving orders.
- Clarendon.
Tell him I am prompt
To lay my crown at's feet.
- Shak.
And you, perhaps, too prompt in your replies.
- Dryden.
2.Done or rendered quickly, readily, or immediately; given without delay or hesitation; - said of conduct; as, prompt assistance.
When Washington heard the voice of his country in distress,
his obedience was prompt.
- Ames.
3.Easy; unobstructed.
The reception of the light into the body of the building was very prompt.
- Sir H. Wotton.
n.1.(Com.) A limit of time given for payment of an account for produce purchased, this limit varying with different goods. See Prompt-note.
To cover any probable difference of price which might arise before the expiration of the prompt, which for this article [tea] is three months.
- J. S. Mill.
v. t.1.To assist or induce the action of; to move to action; to instigate; to incite.
God first . . . prompted on the infirmities of the infant world by temporal prosperity.
- Jer. Taylor.
2.To suggest; to dictate.
And whispering angles prompt her golden dreams.
- Pope.
3.To remind, as an actor or an orator, of words or topics forgotten.

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