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 Bell recommends applying 2 to 4 inches of bark mulch in spring and then fluffing it up with a fork or other implement in fall to freshen it and counteract the tendency to pack down and repel moisture. oregonlive, "Sneaky slime mold may be creepy, but it’s harmless to plants," 4 Aug. 2020 Archaeologists found a small bronze knife made of arsenic copper while excavating the site; the implement may have been used to create the rock art. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Millennia-Old Rock Art in Israel Offers Window Into Lost Culture," 14 July 2020 Using the straining implement, drain the rice from the liquid, but also capture the liquid. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Get Cooking: Risotto Verde St. Patrick," 11 Mar. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As the lone new head coach in Southern Indiana, McDonald didn’t have the luxury to implement his system early or have many chances to even see his players, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Providence football embraces new coach, culture and system ahead of 2020 season," 12 Aug. 2020 Schools must remove self-serve salad bars and buffets and implement hand-washing procedures — either soap and water or sanitizers — before and after meal service. The Salt Lake Tribune, "How school lunches will work when Utah students return," 10 Aug. 2020 That began to change in the early 2000s, when Alaska’s governor, Frank Murkowski, started pressing harder to implement the state’s intensive management law and reduce predators in national preserves. National Geographic, "Why the U.S. government is allowing bears, wolves to be hunted in their dens," 7 Aug. 2020 The lesson here is for state and local officials to implement the law and protect federal property. Frank V. Zerunyan, The Conversation, "Don’t want federal agents in your city or town? Then protect federal property," 5 Aug. 2020 Wisconsin should follow the lead of 43 other jurisdictions and implement an ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) program. Ryan J. Owens And Eric C. Tempelis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: Wisconsin should adopt a robust ABLE account program for the disabled," 4 Aug. 2020 But a similar reckoning could be coming, especially after Texas student-athletes showed a similar capability in organizing and demanding the university accept its shortcomings and implement policies to counteract racial inequality. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Big 12 approves plan to play 10-game season with one non-conference game," 3 Aug. 2020 There's a little more time in that case, though: developers have until the end of next year to find and implement alternative data sources. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "In wake of Apple acquisition, Dark Sky ends Android support," 3 Aug. 2020 Multnomah County said this week it would likely be forced to delay some road maintenance projects in unincorporated areas of the metro area and implement a hiring freeze because people are driving less during the pandemic. oregonlive, "Multnomah County freezes hiring, may delay some transportation projects due to gas tax revenue hit," 31 July 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

13 Aug 2020

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“Implement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/implement. Accessed 14 Aug. 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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