noun im·ple·ment \ˈim-plə-mənt\

: an object used to do work

Full Definition of IMPLEMENT

:  an article serving to equip <the implements of religious worship>
:  a device used in the performance of a task :  tool, utensil
:  one that serves as an instrument or tool <the partnership agreement does not seem to be a very potent implement — H. B. Hoffman>

Examples of IMPLEMENT

  1. stone implements used in prehistoric times
  2. a sharp-edged implement used to chop wood
  3. They eat with us, do the beach with us; the girls, K.C. and Jessica, buy kitchen implements for us, come over to casually straighten up, make beds, clear the dishes from the sink and the bedrooms … —Dave Eggers, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, 2000


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin implementum action of filling up, from Latin implēre to fill up, from in- + plēre to fill — more at full
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of IMPLEMENT

implement, tool, instrument, appliance, utensil mean a relatively simple device for performing work. implement may apply to anything necessary to perform a task <crude stone implements> <farm implements>. tool suggests an implement adapted to facilitate a definite kind or stage of work and suggests the need of skill more strongly than implement <a carpenter's tools>. instrument suggests a device capable of delicate or precise work <the dentist's instruments>. appliance refers to a tool or instrument utilizing a power source and suggests portability or temporary attachment <household appliances>. utensil applies to a device used in domestic work or some routine unskilled activity <kitchen utensils>.


verb im·ple·ment \ˈim-plə-ˌment\

: to begin to do or use (something, such as a plan) : to make (something) active or effective

Full Definition of IMPLEMENT

transitive verb
:  carry out, accomplish; especially :  to give practical effect to and ensure of actual fulfillment by concrete measures
:  to provide instruments or means of expression for
im·ple·men·ta·tion \ˌim-plə-mən-ˈtā-shən, -ˌmen-\ noun
im·ple·men·ter or im·ple·men·tor \ˈim-plə-ˌmən-tər\ noun

Examples of IMPLEMENT

  1. I wondered how I might best implement his plan.
  2. Due to high costs, the program was never fully implemented.
  3. A federal interagency group should develop and implement a risk management strategy to reduce human exposure to dioxins and dioxin-like chemicals in food, says a report from the Institute of Medicine … —Bette Hileman, Chemical & Engineering News, 7 July 2003


(see 1implement)
First Known Use: 1806


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