implement

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

Definition of implement

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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

implementation \ ˌim-​plə-​mən-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce implementation (audio) , -​ˌmen-​ \ noun
implementer or implementor \ ˈim-​plə-​ˌmen-​tər How to pronounce implementor (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for implement

Synonyms: Noun

device, instrument, tool, utensil

Synonyms: Verb

administer, apply, enforce, execute

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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

Once one country implements tariffs, others retaliate and the result is less trade all around. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "Economists don’t agree on much, but what they do agree on is being ignored," 25 June 2019 The tools were chisels and gouges with a variety of blades; Mr. Esterly had 130 such implements on hand at his workbench. BostonGlobe.com, "David Esterly, master carver steeped in history and nature, dies at 75," 22 June 2019 Spend a day in a one room schoolhouse, where quill pens and slates are the writing implements, create a shadow portrait, and take a scenic hike through the Nathan Hale State Forest. courant.com, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 20 June 2019 But Wade said PrEP is just another implement in the health care toolbox, like condoms, to prevent HIV. James Causey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Taking the HIV medication PrEP is 90% effective. A new drive aims to get more gay black Milwaukee men on it.," 20 June 2019 In action, this summer 2019 game looks like the silly manipulate-anything concept of Job Simulator, only with an increased emphasis on smashy-smash lunacy that combines traditional weapons, supercharged implements of destruction, and everyday items. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "E3’s first VR-exclusive gaming press conference was actually pretty rad," 10 June 2019 Spend a day in a one room schoolhouse, where quill pens and slates are the writing implements, create a shadow portrait, and take a scenic hike through the Nathan Hale State Forest. courant.com, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 20 June 2019 Or grab a giant monument like Bunker Hill and use it as a deadly implement? Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Godzilla: King of the Monsters," 31 May 2019 Spend a day in a one room schoolhouse, where quill pens and slates are the writing implements, create a shadow portrait, and take a scenic hike through the Nathan Hale State Forest. courant.com, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The raid had been perfectly implemented but a total failure because the military command didn’t know that the prisoners had been moved a few months before. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "Remembering Ross Perot: Orson Swindle says he'll never forget the grand fete for returning former POWs," 13 July 2019 Jaden Smith has opened a pop-up food truck in Los Angeles to serve free healthy meals to the homeless, another example of the philanthropic good works that the rapper has implemented in recent months. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Jaden Smith Has Launched A Vegan Food Truck For The Homeless in L.A.," 10 July 2019 That ruling has not been implemented – pending the appeal in New Orleans – but the implications are huge. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Federal appeals court grills Democratic lawyers on whether ACA, or Obamacare, is constitutional," 9 July 2019 This is not the first time Shirriff has implemented bitcoin mining on ancient hardware. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "How to mine bitcoins using a computer from NASA’s Apollo program," 9 July 2019 But the legislation has not been rigorously implemented or monitored, said Raghavan, of the Rain Centre. Anchorage Daily News, "As a major Indian city runs out of water, 9 million people pray for rain," 2 July 2019 The ban had been implemented April 6, 2009, five days after a runaway big rig crashed at the intersection of Angeles Crest and Foothill Boulevard, killing two and injuring several others. Carol Cormaci, latimes.com, "La Cañada History: Huge pit emerges in heart of town as work on 210 Freeway gets underway," 28 June 2019 Riders who park outside the pilot area or on The 606 face a fine of 15 cents per minute, but maximum penalties have not been implemented, Nesic said. Mary Wisniewski, chicagotribune.com, "Lots of rides but broken rules: Chicago’s scooter pilot gets off to a rough start," 27 June 2019 Shop & Scan has been implemented in all of Meijer's Indianapolis stores, as well as locations in Lafayette, Kokomo, Muncie and Anderson, the retailer said in a news release. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, "Meijer shoppers in Indianapolis, you can now scan and pay for your groceries on your phone," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of implement

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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More Definitions for implement

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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