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noun im·ple·ment \ˈim-plə-mənt\

Simple Definition of implement

  • : an object used to do work

Full Definition of implement

  1. 1 :  an article serving to equip <the implements of religious worship>

  2. 2 :  a device used in the performance of a task :  tool, utensil

  3. 3 :  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. 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

  2. In the toolhouse … there were also antique implements worn like prehistoric artifacts: an ancient oblong pink whetstone pointed at either end and soapily warped by all its use, and an old-fashioned square hoe worn into a lopsided metal oval … —John Updike, The Afterlife, 1994

  3. There was a little implement called a lemon zester that she had bought from a door-to-door salesman. —Ann Beattie, New Yorker, 28 Dec. 1987

  4. stone implements used in prehistoric times

  5. a sharp-edged implement used to chop wood

Origin of implement

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\

Simple Definition of implement

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

Full Definition of implement

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  carry out, accomplish; especially :  to give practical effect to and ensure of actual fulfillment by concrete measures

  3. 2 :  to provide instruments or means of expression for

im·ple·men·ta·tion play \ˌim-plə-mən-ˈtā-shən, -ˌmen-\ noun
im·ple·men·ter or im·ple·men·tor play \ˈim-plə-ˌmən-tər\ noun

Examples of implement

  1. 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

  2. … drew scattered snickers when he implemented a dress code for Senate staffers … —Michelle Cottle, New Republic, 12 July 1999

  3. States remain years behind in implementing child support regulations … —New York Times, 30 Dec. 1997

  4. I wondered how I might best implement his plan.

  5. Due to high costs, the program was never fully implemented.

Origin of implement

(see 1implement)

First Known Use: 1806

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February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

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