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英语解释:to cause something to happen or be done
英语解释:something that you say to encourage someone to speak or continue speaking; a word or words said to remind an actor what to say next
英语解释:immediate, or quick
1 cause 2 provoke 3 remind an actor of the next word in the dialogue.
When your action causes people to say something, it prompts them to say something. The discovery of nuclear energy prompted the scientists to think of a weapon system using it. That is, the discovery of nuclear energy caused scientists to think of making weapons with it.
Your words prompt people to action if on hearing your words they start acting according to them. A person's actions prompt others to do similar things if on seeing his actions they also think of doing something similar.
We prompt an actor on the stage if we help him remember the next word in his dialogue.
- The discovery of electromagnetic waves prompted the development of wireless communication, just as the discovery of radio active elements prompted the use of radiotherapy for the cure of cancer.
- As she was too nervous to speak, the lawyer prompted her to say what she had wanted to say, but the opposite lawyer objected to it.