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

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 Gooigi can also withstand the kinds of metal implements that might otherwise harm his human companion, particularly spike traps. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Luigi’s Mansion 3 review: The most “Nintendo” game from Nintendo in years," 28 Oct. 2019 Soshin Kimura, grand master of the Hoshinkai tea school, wields his implements with all the ritualistic elegance of a priest celebrating mass. B.t., The Economist, "The ambivalent history of the Camellia sinensis leaf," 10 July 2019 Some of them decided to create art, and charcoal from braziers became their first drawing implement. Sarah Todd, Quartzy, "Sidewalk chalk drawings have a colorful 500-year history," 22 June 2019 And then airlines would need more time on top of that to bring planes out of storage and implement said training. Washington Post, "Boeing Max Return Has More Layers Than an Onion," 11 Nov. 2019 Fashioned from the mineral jadeite, the chisel-style implement was found at the site of Ek Way Nal, a Maya salt works in southern Belize that is now submerged in a saltwater lagoon. Fox News, "27 Maya ritual sites discovered on online map by eagle-eyed archaeologist," 20 Oct. 2019 Brushes, drawing sticks and other implements are also in situ. R. Daniel Foster, Los Angeles Times, "An L.A. home where homoerotic artist Tom of Finland lived is a shrine to his legacy," 2 Oct. 2019 Rouhani made clear Thursday that Iran could reach a new agreement with the United States that goes beyond the 2015 nuclear deal — but only after the U.S. implements all provisions of the accord. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Iranian president: US should end ‘maximum pressure’ policy," 26 Sep. 2019 After years of collecting silcrete from all over the coast, Brown determined that in its raw form the rock never has the lustrous red and gray coloring seen in the silcrete implements at Pinnacle Point and elsewhere. Curtis W. Marean, Scientific American, "When the Sea Saved Humanity," 1 Nov. 2012 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The State Department called on Lebanon to use the money to rein in corruption and implement economic reforms. Fox News, "Trump administration releases $105M military aid for Lebanon after months of delay," 3 Dec. 2019 Hansen has noticed some developers implementing sustainable landscaping from the start. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, "Cookie-Cutter Suburbs Could Help Spread Sustainable Yards," 3 Dec. 2019 The State Department had offered only a cryptic response to queries, defending the assistance but also calling for Lebanese authorities to implement economic reforms and rein in corruption. NBC News, "Trump administration quietly releases Lebanon military aid after mysterious delay," 2 Dec. 2019 Upon taking office in April, Korea's incoming Culture Minister Park Yang-woo promised to consider implementing a screen quota system for the domestic movie industry. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "Disney Hit With Anti-Trust Complaint in South Korea Over 'Frozen 2' "Monopoly"," 2 Dec. 2019 Antoni Garage, the lead European agency for Mercedes-Benz, and director Nicolás Méndez designed and implemented the campaign. Wolfgang Spahr, Billboard, "The Weeknd Partners With Mercedes-Benz in New Electric SUV Ad Pitch," 2 Dec. 2019 The Peña government did its best to avoid implementing most reforms. The Economist, "AMLO uses his anti-corruption drive to gain power and scare critics," 30 Nov. 2019 Al-Sistani has been largely supportive of protester demands, siding with them by repeatedly calling on political parties to implement serious reforms to placate demonstrators. Arkansas Online, "27 Iraqi protesters shot dead in 24 hours, violence spirals," 28 Nov. 2019 Instead, the order gives a 90-day window — which lapses on Christmas Day — for the U.S. Secretary of State and the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop and implement a consent process. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "Four Connecticut mayors condemn Trump’s executive order on refugee resettlement," 27 Nov. 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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The first known use of implement was in the 15th century

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8 Dec 2019

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“Implement.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/implements. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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