- 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[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[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 Word Origin Middle English (as a verb): based on Old French prompt or Latin promptus
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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