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Topic: COMPUTERS

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Medieval Latin
Origin: promptare, from Latin promptus; PROMPT2

prompt

1 verb
     
prompt1
1 [transitive] to make someone decide to do something
prompt somebody to do something
What prompted you to buy that suit?
2 [transitive] to make people say or do something as a reaction:
The decision prompted an outcry among prominent US campaigners.
3 [transitive] to help a speaker who pauses, by suggesting how to continue:
'I can't decide.' said Beatrice. 'Decide what?' prompted Marlon.
4TD [transitive] to ask someone to do something on a computer:
A message will appear which will prompt you for certain information.
5 [intransitive and transitive]AP to remind an actor of the next words in a speech
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