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prompt (v.)

mid-14c., prompten, "to incite to action, urge," from the adjective or from Latin promptus, past participle of promere "to bring forth," from pro "forward" (from PIE root *per- (1) "forward") + emere "to take" (from PIE root *em- "to take, distribute").

The meaning "coach (someone), assist (a learner or speaker) by suggesting something forgotten or imperfectly learned or known" is from early 15c.; specifically in the theatrical sense of "to assist a speaker with lines" by 1670s. Related: Prompted; prompting.

prompt (n.)

early 15c., "readiness" (in phrase in prompte), from Latin promptus (see prompt (v.)). Meaning "hint, information suggested, act of prompting" is from 1590s. The computer sense of "message given by a computer requiring or helping the user to respond" is by 1977.

prompt (adj.)

early 15c., "ready, prepared (to do something), quick to act as occasion demands," from Old French prompt (13c.) and directly from Latin promptus "brought forth," hence "visible, apparent, evident, at hand," past-participle adjective from promere "to take or bring out or forth" (see prompt (v.)). Meaning "given or performed without delay" is from 1520s. Related: Promptly.

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Definitions of prompt from WordNet
1
prompt (v.)
give an incentive for action;
Synonyms: motivate / actuate / propel / move / incite
prompt (v.)
serve as the inciting cause of;
She prompted me to call my relatives
Synonyms: inspire / instigate
prompt (v.)
assist (somebody acting or reciting) by suggesting the next words of something forgotten or imperfectly learned;
Synonyms: remind / cue
2
prompt (adj.)
according to schedule or without delay; on time;
the train is prompt
prompt (adj.)
ready and willing or quick to act;
she is always prompt to help her friends
prompt (adj.)
performed with little or no delay;
a prompt reply
Synonyms: immediate / quick / straightaway
3
prompt (n.)
a cue given to a performer (usually the beginning of the next line to be spoken);
the audience could hear his prompting
Synonyms: prompting
prompt (n.)
(computer science) a symbol that appears on the computer screen to indicate that the computer is ready to receive a command;
Synonyms: command prompt
From wordnet.princeton.edu