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

      

    prompt

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    BrE BrE//prɒmpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prɑːmpt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they prompt
    BrE BrE//prɒmpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prɑːmpt//
     
    he / she / it prompts
    BrE BrE//prɒmpts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prɑːmpts//
     
    past simple prompted
    BrE BrE//ˈprɒmptɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːmptɪd//
     
    past participle prompted
    BrE BrE//ˈprɒmptɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːmptɪd//
     
    -ing form prompting
    BrE BrE//ˈprɒmptɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːmptɪŋ//
     
    Producing a play
     
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  1. 1  [transitive] to make somebody decide to do something; to cause something to happen synonym provoke prompt something The discovery of the bomb prompted an increase in security. His speech prompted an angry outburst from a man in the crowd. prompt somebody to do something The thought of her daughter's wedding day prompted her to lose some weight.
  2. 2[transitive] to encourage somebody to speak by asking them questions or suggesting words that they could say prompt somebody She was too nervous to speak and had to be prompted. prompt somebody to do something (computing) The program will prompt you to enter data where required. prompt (somebody) + speech ‘And then what happened?’ he prompted.
  3. 3[transitive, intransitive] prompt (somebody) to follow the text of a play and remind the actors what the words are if they forget their lines See related entries: Producing a play
  4. Word Origin 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’.Extra examples I understand your views and the reasons which prompted you to write. The accusation prompted the resignation of the education minister. The discussion was prompted by a chance remark. The earth tremors prompted worries of a second major earthquake. The incident prompted a full-scale review of police procedures. The news prompted speculation that prices will rise further. The thought of her daughter’s wedding day prompted her to lose some weight. What prompted you to choose this area?
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