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 Read more: More: Kitchen staff walkout forces Savannah’s in Trenton to close weeks ahead of schedule In these 43 three years in the industry, Bates said a major change is the size of farm implements. Rosalie Currier, Detroit Free Press, "Bates Tractor and Equipment in Coldwater to close after 43 years in business," 7 Feb. 2020 Once January settles in, my underwater camera systems become some of the most important implements in my fish-finding toolbox. Outdoor Life, "3 Killer Ice Fishing Tactics For Mid-Winter Pike, Walleyes, and Panfish," 17 Jan. 2020 In one experiment, subjects who grabbed objects with long implements came to feel that their hands had moved away from their elbows. David Papineau, WSJ, "‘Physical Intelligence’ Review: Mind-Body Know-How," 31 Jan. 2020 Robots plus blacksmithing Metal implements made by blacksmiths oftentimes have legendary strength because the working of the metal, like kneading of dough, makes its structure finer, more homogeneous. Glenn S. Daehn, The Conversation, "‘Robotic blacksmithing’: A technology that could revive US manufacturing," 11 Dec. 2019 Also intense was a scene in which a young Farah and her brother Hadir must fight off a Russian soldier armed only with household implements. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Video game review: 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare' plays out as a successful mission," 25 Oct. 2019 With only one hand, your powerful new implement will instead flit about like a useless foam sword. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Boneworks review: An absolute VR mess—yet somehow momentous," 12 Dec. 2019 Leiko, who set up his work bench in the outdoor pavilion, used various sizes of chainsaws, chisels and other implements to create sculptures from blocks of ice. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Inaugural Frosty’s Fest a big hit for We Are Parma Proud," 9 Dec. 2019 The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act outlaws the purposeful crushing, burning, drowning, suffocation, implement or other violence that causes serious injury to animals. Russell Blair, courant.com, "Capitol Week in Review: An agreement on truck-only tolls and Gov. Ned Lamont’s Thanksgiving message," 27 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Without Ziemer’s team in place at the White House, George noted that the national biodefense strategy the administration was developing in 2018 has not been implemented. Abigail Abrams, Time, "Wuhan Coronavirus Could Test the Trump Administration's Ability to Respond to a Crisis. Experts are Worried," 31 Jan. 2020 New Deal reforms prompted a revolution in soil conservation practices and land-use, and supply management was implemented to stem overproduction. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "What the Green New Deal Could Mean for Iowa," 31 Jan. 2020 In the last publicly available prison census, from November, there were nearly 202,000 inmates in prison, down about 14 percent from when the reforms were fully implemented, according to government statistics. Kirk Semple, New York Times, "More Violence. Fewer Prisoners. Inside Mexico’s Criminal Justice Reform.," 30 Jan. 2020 Addressing that is among several important changes that are being implemented for the 2020 event to be played Jan. 30-Feb. 2 at TPC Scottsdale. John Davis, azcentral, "End of the 'stampede' and other upgrades to greet patrons at Waste Management Phoenix Open," 27 Jan. 2020 One factor hindering initial efforts to contain the virus were the limits on coverage of the epidemic implemented by Chinese authorities. Anchorage Daily News, "What we know about mysterious, pneumonia-like coronavirus spreading in China and elsewhere," 24 Jan. 2020 The convention hasn’t been updated since it was implemented in 1982, and marine ecologists like Sara Maxwell of the University of Washington are keen on using the update to bring ocean conservation into the 21st century. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, "Marine parks need to move along with the animals they’re protecting," 21 Jan. 2020 In 2008 Bush signed an agreement stipulating that all US combat forces would leave by 2011, and it was implemented by President Obama. Steven Simon, The New York Review of Books, "The Middle East: Trump Blunders In," 16 Jan. 2020 Ohio Benefits, an information technology system that has cost the state $1.2 billion since it was implemented six years ago, has been found to overwrite and eliminate historical documentation needed to prove Ohio Medicaid enrollees’ eligibility. cleveland, "State reveals $1.2 billion Ohio Benefits system riddled with defects a year out from Medicaid work requirements," 15 Jan. 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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17 Feb 2020

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“Implement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/implementing. Accessed 17 Feb. 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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