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 Using a fork or some other suitable implement, roll the fruit in the hot water for about a minute to soften the wax, then remove and wipe clean with a paper towel. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 13 July 2021 Dobson opened the Lake City factory in a former farm implement dealership on the town’s square in 1974. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 17 June 2021 Supporters of the FAST Act see it as a way to transform an industry, a potential model to take to other states and in implement in other states. Tony Marks, Forbes, 14 June 2021 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Canada will still implement health measures including public mask mandates, monitoring symptoms and providing a list of close contacts and places visited 14 days after leaving Canada. Janelle James, Detroit Free Press, 19 July 2021 Beginning Tuesday, the Texas Department of Transportation will implement a full closure of the eastbound side of the highway from Maryland Drive to Regal Ridge Parkway from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Chloe Bennett, Dallas News, 13 July 2021 Management has the right to change playing rules with an agreement with the union, or MLB can implement changes unilaterally with one year notice. San Francisco Chronicle, 13 July 2021 Ideally individual state medical boards would permanently implement automatic reciprocity—allowing any physician licensed in another state to provide care within their state. Barak Richman, WSJ, 12 July 2021 Many of her colleagues feel the same way, so Mansur Gavriel will likely implement a flexible policy when most of its 40 employees return to the office after Labor Day. Alexandra Olson, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 July 2021 In light of the announcement, the organizers of the Games held a meeting on Thursday evening to discuss whether to implement further restrictions on spectators, or whether to ban them entirely. Washington Post, 7 July 2021 Employees don’t have to wait for the boss to implement strategies like these; anyone can address the challenges unique to remote work and suggest these solutions to team members. Sabina Nawaz, Forbes, 28 June 2021 Winning artists and organizations will be able to secure additional funding to deploy digital strategies and receive advice from experts on how to implement the strategies. Megan Becka, cleveland, 22 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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21 Jul 2021

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“Implement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/implement. Accessed 26 Jul. 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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