prompt - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participleprompting
past tenseprompted
past participleprompted
  1. 1
    mainly journalism to cause something to happen or be done
    prompt someone to do something:

    The birth of my first child prompted me to write this article.

  2. 2
    to encourage someone to speak or continue speaking

    ‘But, what?’ he prompted.

    Without being prompted, she began to apologize.

    1. a.
      theatre to remind an actor which words to say next