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

Essential Meaning of implement

: an object used to do work : tool farming implements stone implements used in prehistoric times a sharp-edged implement used to chop wood

Full 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


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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implementer or implementor \ ˈim-​plə-​ˌmen-​tər How to pronounce implement (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for implement

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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 In keeping with its mission as a farm implement with a fun side, the XP Kinetic can tow 2500 pounds and haul 1250 pounds of payload in its bed. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 1 Dec. 2021 Grab any kind of marking implement — a pencil or crayon or even a feather or avocado pit. Jaime Lowe, New York Times, 30 Nov. 2021 Each piece is as much a work of art as a useful implement, whether in the kitchen, over the grill or out on the campsite. Amy Drew Thompson,, 26 Nov. 2021 This is a fancy way of implement what some drivers already do, which is leave their phone number visible to let others text or call them if in need. Brad Templeton, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 Unfortunately, the galaxy is a dangerous place, and the Guardians often find themselves at the end of a gun, sword, claw, or another fighting implement. Brittany Vincent, BGR, 25 Oct. 2021 To create the garden, the old beds were cultivated down 12 inches with a heavy steel tool named a broadfork — essentially an implement with curving tines between two tall handles. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 14 July 2021 Google Fiber will give Neighborhood Concepts a grant to develop a digital inclusion project in Huntsville, and Wachter will work with other fellows for a year to discuss an implement a project that could broaden their city’s digital access and use. Lee Roop |, al, 27 July 2021 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,, 13 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As Lake Powell’s water level continue to decline, federal water managers will implement another round of emergency measures to keep the Utah largest’s reservoir from reaching a point where Glen Canyon Dam can no longer generate electricity. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Jan. 2022 The hospital agreed to implement new raises and safety regulations, limit the number of patients assigned to nurses in some departments, and address staffing shortages as part of the nurses’ new contract. Aparna Gopalan, The New Republic, 6 Jan. 2022 The telecom giants agreed to delay Wednesday's planned launch of the new C-Band strand of 5G, which promises faster speeds for customers, in order to implement changes around airports. David Koenig And Tali Arbel, ajc, 4 Jan. 2022 Companies should implement management practices that encourage employees to do their best, setting reasonable expectations that can be accomplished in a fair amount of time. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Dec. 2021 Direct reports can implement change systems that will provide evidence that their team members’ input has been taken into consideration. Rolling Stone Culture Council, Rolling Stone, 20 Dec. 2021 If the parties agree with the recommendation, the Oregon Health Authority will implement the plan and will make progress monthly reports to Pinals. oregonlive, 17 Dec. 2021 Waxwing also said not enough is being done to understand and implement changes that would enable trans men to be housed in men’s facilities. Aviva Stahl, NBC News, 3 Dec. 2021 Working to capture or recapture market share in a crowded industry is no easy task, but a pivot that leans into differentiators may naturally implement organizational changes that end up adding value and encouraging growth. Duke Chung, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of implement


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3


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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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


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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