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 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 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, "Samsung Debuts Galaxy S21 Smartphones, With Lower Price Points," 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, "Chuck Yeager, test pilot who broke sound barrier, dies at 97," 8 Dec. 2020 Fashion the crust with the pince à tarte or other implement of your choosing. Bill Buford, The New Yorker, "A French Answer to American Apple Pie," 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, "Fact check: Arizona election departments confirm Sharpies can be used on ballots," 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, "Three Tools You Need to Plant Food Plots," 24 Aug. 2020 Jared Cook should be a devastating implement in the New Orleans Saints' passing arsenal. Luke Johnson, NOLA.com, "Why the Saints and Jared Cook are hopeful for a faster start in Year 2," 13 Aug. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Work requirements need federal permission to implement. cleveland, "Fewer people will get food, Medicaid, unemployment under Ohio bill requiring more fraud checks, advocates say," 24 Feb. 2021 In a Friday news conference, Magness, who said the grid is now operating normally and out of emergency conditions, appeared to defend the decision to implement rolling power outages. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Texas was "seconds and minutes" away from having blackouts for months, power grid official says," 19 Feb. 2021 Two McKinsey senior partners led the firm’s effort to implement plans to drive sales, working with members of the Sackler family and even overruling Purdue executives, Mr. Weiser said. New York Times, "McKinsey Settles for Nearly $600 Million Over Role in Opioid Crisis," 3 Feb. 2021 The board said the department failed to meet its requirement to implement a time and attendance system by mid-December. DÁnica Coto, Star Tribune, "Board: Puerto Rico pays millions in salary to non-workers," 29 Jan. 2021 The series focuses on his attempt to implement reform. Will Coviello, NOLA.com, "Sundance Film Festival Satellite screenings are at Broadside Jan. 28-Feb. 2," 25 Jan. 2021 Most are measures President-elect Joe Biden will likely want to reverse as quickly as possible in order to implement his vision for addressing the issues involved through diplomacy. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, "Whipsaw diplomacy: Pompeo leaves behind a ‘to-undo list’," 19 Jan. 2021 There has been some push by the airline industry to implement environmentally sustainable practices for years. Washington Post, "Researchers unveil new method for converting carbon dioxide into jet fuel," 31 Dec. 2020 Hummer cites public response to Hillary Clinton's ambitious plan to implement universal healthcare in the 1990s as an example of what was viewed at the time as an overreach of the office. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Jill Biden set to redefine traditions of the office of the first lady," 25 Dec. 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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22 Jan 2021

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“Implement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/implement. Accessed 2 Mar. 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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