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Prompt, vb. 1) to make willing and ready, to move, to incite: “p. us to have mercy on him,” Tw. III, 4, 152. “--ed by your present trouble,” Tw. III, 4, 152 “the advantage of the time --s me aloud to call for recompense,” Troil. III, 3, 2. “my --ed sword falling on Diomed,” V, 2, 175 (== eager). “ready, when time shall p. them, to make road upon us,” Cor. III, 1, 5. “love, who first did p. me to inquire,” Rom. II, 2, 80. “--ed to my revenge by heaven and hell,” Hml. II, 2, 613. “nature --s them to prince it,” Cymb. III, 3, 84.
2) to suggest words and thoughts; absol.: “the --ing eyes of beauty's tutors,” LLL IV, 3, 322 (== inspiring). With an object, denoting a) the thought suggested: “it goes on as my heart --s it,” Tp. I, 2, 420. b) the person instructed or inspired: “p. me, plain and holy innocence,” Tp. III, 1, 82. “desires, all --ing me how fair young Hero is,” Ado I, 1, 306. “my voice shall sound as you do p. mine ear,” H4B V, 2, 119. “vouchsafe to those that have not read the story, that I may p. them,” H5 V Chor. H5 V Chor. “my proud heart sues and --s my tongue to speak,” R3 I, 2, 171. “we'll p. you,” Cor. III, 2, 106. “some devil p. me,” Tit. V, 3, 12. Double accus., or dat. and acc.: “nor by the matter which your heart --s you,” Cor. III, 2, 54. to p. in == to instruct about, to make fully acquainted with: “I did endure no slight checks, when I have --ed you in the ebb of your estate and your great flow of debts,” Tim. II, 2, 150.
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