implement

noun
im·​ple·​ment | \ ˈim-plə-mənt How to pronounce implement (audio) \

Definition of implement

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

implement

verb
im·​ple·​ment | \ ˈim-plə-ˌment How to pronounce implement (audio) \
implemented; implementing; implements

Definition of implement (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : carry out, accomplish especially : to give practical effect to and ensure of actual fulfillment by concrete measures
2 : to provide instruments or means of expression for

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Other Words from implement

Verb

implementer or implementor \ ˈim-​plə-​ˌmen-​tər How to pronounce implementor (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for implement

Synonyms: Noun

device, instrument, tool, utensil

Synonyms: Verb

administer, apply, enforce, execute

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Noun

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

Examples of implement in a Sentence

Noun

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 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 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 stone implements used in prehistoric times a sharp-edged implement used to chop wood

Verb

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 … drew scattered snickers when he implemented a dress code for Senate staffers … — Michelle Cottle, New Republic, 12 July 1999 States remain years behind in implementing child support regulations … New York Times, 30 Dec. 1997 I wondered how I might best implement his plan. Due to high costs, the program was never fully implemented.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Super said to make sure things like knives and other kitchen implements were secured and out of reach of a toddler. oregonlive.com, "After Portland 3-year-old is found wandering at night, 8 tips to keep toddlers safe," 22 Aug. 2019 The Hewing Hotel occupies the Jackson Building, a former farm implement showroom and warehouse built in 1897. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Looking for a unique getaway? Go boutique at one of these new and not-so-far-away hotels," 10 Aug. 2019 The other implements reportedly included tire irons, a muffler, a shopping cart and even a couch. Fox News, "Four Michigan teens to be sentenced as adults in connection with 'Overpassing' game death," 24 July 2019 These were known as the Umbrella Movement protests, after the implements the marchers carried to ward off both the seasonal rains and the pepper spray used by the police. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "Hong Kong’s Flickering Hopes for Freedom," 21 June 2019 Devils Lake, which sprawls over more than 150,000 acres, is filled with them, including former power poles, roadways and even farm implements. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Devils Lake yellow perch fulfill jumbo dreams of Wisconsin anglers," 27 Jan. 2018 Casseroles that include ground beef as an ingredient should be cooked to 165°. Also, anyone who handles raw ground beef should wash their hands with soap and clean kitchen implements with hot, soapy water or a bleach solution. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "E. coli ground beef outbreak 'appears to be over' after sickening 209 people in 10 states," 20 June 2019 Show her where implements and glasses go and ask her to fold the napkins and place them under the fork. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Amy: Young woman should be taught timeless skills," 16 June 2019 Show her where implements and glasses go and ask her to fold the napkins and place them under the fork. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Young woman should be taught timeless skills," 16 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Governments could implement adaptation measures for the changing climate such as building sea walls on vulnerable coastlines, planning for changes in food production patterns, and the massive migration that may follow. Yossi Sheffi, Quartz, "Removing mini-shampoos from hotel rooms won’t save the environment," 29 Aug. 2019 While the Cannes Film Festival may implement some strict sartorial regulations (who could forget the flats controversy of 2015?), there's a bit more wiggle room at the Venice Film Festival. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Elsa Hosk Takes Killer Abs to the Red Carpet at the Venice Film Festival," 29 Aug. 2019 Reagan implemented import restrictions throughout his presidency: most famously on cars from Japan but also on steel, computer products, and other goods. Fred Bauer, National Review, "What the Nationalism vs. Liberalism Debate Misses," 28 Aug. 2019 As a way of motivating people to clean up their properties, Seminole commissioners on Tuesday implemented an amnesty program targeted at chronic code-enforcement scofflaws. Martin E. Comas, orlandosentinel.com, "Seminole implements amnesty program for longtime code-enforcement scofflaws," 27 Aug. 2019 As with all policies, both of these will not get implemented well without community pressure. Jessica Stewart, The Mercury News, "Opinion: My daughter’s first step into struggling Oakland schools," 27 Aug. 2019 Governments could implement adaptation measures for the changing climate such as building sea walls on vulnerable coastlines, planning for changes in food production patterns and the massive migration that may follow. Yossi Sheffi, The Conversation, "Removing mini-shampoos from hotel rooms won’t save the environment," 23 Aug. 2019 If an ordinance is adopted by the council, the tax would be implemented on Jan. 1, 2020. Allison Needles, The Seattle Times, "Tacoma to weigh gun tax patterned after Seattle law," 23 Aug. 2019 Officials in Nepal concerned about trash on Mount Everest are implementing a ban on single-use plastics at the famous mountain, AFP reports. Fox News, "Mount Everest gets plastics ban as officials battle garbage pileup on the famous peak: report," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of implement

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1806, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for implement

Noun and Verb

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

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More Definitions for implement

implement

noun

English Language Learners Definition of implement

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an object used to do work

implement

verb

English Language Learners Definition of implement (Entry 2 of 2)

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

implement

noun
im·​ple·​ment | \ ˈim-plə-mənt How to pronounce implement (audio) \

Kids Definition of implement

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an object (as a tool) intended for a certain use farm implements

implement

verb
im·​ple·​ment | \ ˈim-plə-ˌment How to pronounce implement (audio) \
implemented; implementing

Kids Definition of implement (Entry 2 of 2)

: to begin to do or use something They're implementing the plan.

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