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implement

noun im·ple·ment \ ˈim-plə-mənt \

Definition of implement

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

Examples of implement in a Sentence

  1. 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 EggersA Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius2000
  2. 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 UpdikeThe Afterlife1994
  3. There was a little implement called a lemon zester that she had bought from a door-to-door salesman. —Ann BeattieNew Yorker28 Dec. 1987
  4. stone implements used in prehistoric times

  5. a sharp-edged implement used to chop wood

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Origin and Etymology of implement

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

Synonym Discussion of implement

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

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implement

verb im·ple·ment \ ˈim-plə-ˌment \

Definition of implement

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

implementation

play \ˌim-plə-mən-ˈtā-shən, -ˌmen-\ noun

implementer

or implementor play \ˈim-plə-ˌmen-tər\ noun

Examples of implement in a Sentence

  1. 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 HilemanChemical & Engineering News7 July 2003
  2. … drew scattered snickers when he implemented a dress code for Senate staffers … —Michelle CottleNew Republic12 July 1999
  3. States remain years behind in implementing child support regulations … New York Times30 Dec. 1997
  4. I wondered how I might best implement his plan.

  5. Due to high costs, the program was never fully implemented.

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Origin and Etymology of implement


IMPLEMENT Defined for English Language Learners

implement

noun

Definition of implement for English Language Learners

  • : an object used to do work


implement

verb

Definition of implement for English Language Learners

  • : to begin to do or use (something, such as a plan) : to make (something) active or effective


IMPLEMENT Defined for Kids

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implement

noun im·ple·ment \ ˈim-plə-mənt \

Definition of implement for Students

:an object (as a tool) intended for a certain use
  • farm implements

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implement

verb im·ple·ment \ ˈim-plə-ˌment \

Definition of implement for Students

implemented; implementing
:to begin to do or use something
  • They're implementing the plan.


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