Definition of prompt adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//prɒmpt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//prɑːmpt//
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  1. 1  done without delay synonym immediate Prompt action was required as the fire spread. Prompt payment of the invoice would be appreciated.
  2. 2  [not before noun] (of a person) acting without delay; arriving at the right time synonym punctual Please be prompt when attending these meetings.
  3. Word OriginMiddle 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’.
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