implement

noun
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

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

Synonyms: Verb

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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 The museum will remove the pencil and ask guests to use their own writing implement or cellphone. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "Cultural institutions reopen with a more hands-off approach," 25 June 2020 No matter what the hunting implement, becoming proficient with it is crucial for clean, quick kills. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "How to Hunt: A Step-by-Step Guide for New Adult Hunters," 3 June 2020 The itty bitty ball point pen is a nice touch for people who often find themselves without a writing implement. Popular Science, "Be prepared for anything with these multi-tools," 26 May 2020 In addition to attendance limits, places of worship must train staff and volunteers on prevention and spreading methods, implement disinfection protocols, and recommend that staff and guests wear face coverings. Musadiq Bidar, CBS News, "Newsom issues guidelines for California houses of worship to reopen," 25 May 2020 The reasons are partly ignoble: In a country of 330 million people who have implements of mayhem within easy reach, bad things are going to happen. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "We Are a Homicidal Species," 2 Nov. 2018 Truck and bus manufacturer Marcopolo, auto parts and the road implements producers Fras-Le and Randon are also placing employees on furlough. Leonardo Lara, Bloomberg.com, "Brazil Firms Shut Factories, Cut Pay and Pull IPOs Amid Crisis," 5 May 2020 Sharp implements are involved, there is scant margin for error and the concept seems dubious to begin with. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "On the bright side: Salvation Army rallies volunteer troops to feed SF’s homeless," 4 May 2020 If documents have to be signed, employers should consider using electronic signature software (e.g., DocuSign) in lieu of obtaining hard copy signatures to limit shared use of writing implements. Anthony J. Oncidi, The Hollywood Reporter, "How Hollywood Can Make On-Set Work Safer When Production Resumes (Guest Column)," 30 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Harvard will implement social distancing and dedicated quarantine space in dorms. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "Harvard and Princeton announce plans to bring back students for the fall semester," 6 July 2020 Now, the casinos will implement some of the strictest measures of tribal gaming enterprises in the Valley. Sasha Hupka, The Arizona Republic, "Gila River casinos to reopen with new safety measures following employee COVID-19 death," 3 July 2020 The city will implement a no-refusal policy July 3 through July 5, which means officers can electronically request an immediate search warrant for a blood alcohol test if a motorist refuses. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, "Irving police increasing DWI enforcement over July 4th weekend," 2 July 2020 American will implement a similar policy starting June 30. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "American Airlines, United Airlines to Lift Limits on Seating Capacity," 29 June 2020 Hoover should implement real policy changes to ensure this doesn’t happen again. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Hoover police officer fired over Facebook photo of protester in crosshairs," 27 June 2020 To implement a telehealth platform in order to connect uninsured and underinsured residents in Cuyahoga County with free health care, health insurance, and other navigation services. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "Greater Cleveland COVID-19 response fund awards $1.1 million in grants," 26 June 2020 Beyond your guide’s knowledge, the tour will also implement old photos of the area to further convey the historical significance of the structures and the building of the mighty bridge. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, "Guest TML: NFL manual of added safety protocols should be interesting," 25 June 2020 The team will implement a staggered workout schedule: Morning, afternoon and evening. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers decided to hold training camp at Comerica Park. Here's why," 24 June 2020

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First Known Use of implement

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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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The first known use of implement was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

8 Jul 2020

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“Implement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/implement. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for implement

implement

noun
How to pronounce implement (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of implement

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an object used to do work

implement

verb
How to pronounce implement (audio)

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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