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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Verb

implementer or implementor \ ˈim-​plə-​ˌmen-​tər How to pronounce implement (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 There is a dent on the left side of the figure’s neck, which some scholars have read as a gesture of contempt: someone apparently decided to batter the art work with a heavy implement. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 7 June 2021 For everyone else, heavy accumulations require some chiseling off cars, and the stuff is nearly impossible to shovel without a metal implement. Washington Post, 19 Feb. 2021 But a sensible strategy proved easier to design than implement. BostonGlobe.com, 14 May 2021 But in a move widely seen as collapsing the difference between Samsung’s Galaxy S phones and its Note flagship models, the Galaxy S21 Ultra is also compatible with the company’s signature S-Pen stylus, though the implement is sold separately. Elizabeth Koh, WSJ, 14 Jan. 2021 And, so, armed with that implement and little protection other than a leather football helmet, Gen. Yeager accomplished the mission he was given. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 8 Dec. 2020 Fashion the crust with the pince à tarte or other implement of your choosing. Bill Buford, The New Yorker, 19 Nov. 2020 Elections departments across Arizona have confirmed that the claim is unfounded and that processes are in place to ensure ballots are counted, regardless of what kind of writing implement is used to fill them out. Rachel Leingang, USA TODAY, 5 Nov. 2020 Models with pin adjustments that angle the disk blades and electric motors to raise and lower the disk gangs within the implement’s frame are the easiest to use. The Editors, Field & Stream, 24 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Under this law, schools must implement a strategy to increase democratic participation, with an emphasis on civic engagement, voter turnout, and community building (Sec 66852, 2C). Forbes, 11 June 2021 Businesses and venue operators may implement vaccine verification or require all patrons wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 June 2021 Still, the incident sparked a years-long debate around deputies drinking while armed, with then-Sheriff Lee Baca promising to implement a policy to prevent similar incidents. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2021 Red Cabin Custard and Bill Chalmers, who owns the shop with his wife, agreed to pay a $5,000 fine and implement a harassment policy. Brooks Johnson, Star Tribune, 2 June 2021 Rudong county, in Jiangsu province, was one of the first local governments to implement the one-child policy. Liyan Qi, WSJ, 1 June 2021 The week after the fatal shootings of Toledo and Alvarez, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced to reporters how the department would implement a foot pursuit policy by summer. Jeremy Gorner, chicagotribune.com, 26 May 2021 Meanwhile in Chicago, two recent police killings have prompted calls to implement a new foot pursuit policy. Aj Willingham, CNN, 13 May 2021 When investing in a property, consider the needs of the remote worker and implement design elements into your property that addresses the needs of someone working from home. Kellie Rastegar, Forbes, 1 June 2021

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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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15 Jun 2021

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“Implement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/implement. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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