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

Definition of implement

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


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

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Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun According to Turkish authorities, that’s the implement that Mohammed’s henchmen allegedly used on Oct. 2, 2018, to dismember Jamal Khashoggi, a Post columnist and Saudi dissident. Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2022 Edging garden beds is one of those things that on the outside one, seems like a minor and fussy detail, but isn’t, two, looks easy, but isn’t, and three, can be done with any old garden implement ... Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 13 May 2022 But in humans, similar features are usually associated with tool use such as cleaning teeth with a long, sharp implement or processing animal hides—behaviors that Koshima macaques do not display. Joanna Thompson, Scientific American, 18 Apr. 2022 The simple but harder-to-implement solution is to educate consumers on how to safeguard their digital identities online. Mathias Klenk, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 Lampard needs results straight away, and there will be no time to experiment with implement a playing style at the expense of points on the board, although at the same time the style needs to change in order to get those results. James Nalton, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 The White House more than doubled the goal of federal contract dollars being channeled to these businesses, from 5 percent to 11 percent, and asked individual agencies to design an implement processes and protocols aimed at achieving these goals. NBC News, 27 Jan. 2022 In keeping with its mission as a farm implement with a fun side, the XP Kinetic can tow 2500 pounds and haul 1250 pounds of payload in its bed. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 1 Dec. 2021 Grab any kind of marking implement — a pencil or crayon or even a feather or avocado pit. Jaime Lowe, New York Times, 30 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The package includes $750 million to help states implement and run crisis intervention programs, which can be used to manage red flag programs, as well as for other crisis intervention programs such as mental health, drug and veteran courts. Emma Tucker, CNN, 30 July 2022 Case managers, primarily, will be the front line workers at the BOP to implement the program. Walter Pavlo, Forbes, 15 July 2022 The effort has proved to be spiritually divisive as well as pragmatically impossible to implement outside the church’s own publications. The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 July 2022 In general, Echelson said, the Aug. 15 deadlines, which deal mostly with audits and plans, are easier to achieve than later mandates, when the district will implement those plans. Globe Staff,, 13 July 2022 In light of Friday’s inflation reading, the Fed is all but certain to implement the fastest series of interest rate hikes in three decades. Christopher Rugaber, Chicago Tribune, 10 June 2022 The Flying Pig is working with the traffic and maps app Waze to implement road closures and provide more accurate directions. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 26 Apr. 2022 Once Congress passes protective laws like the Clean Air Act, agencies have generally had deference to implement those laws based on the latest scientific evidence of harms caused by pollutants and options to limit those harms. Rachel Cleetus, Scientific American, 30 June 2022 One of its central provisions — language directing $750 million toward helping states implement red-flag laws — is rooted in his research. Sheryl Gay Stolberg,, 26 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of implement


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3


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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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


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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