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instrument

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of instrument

  1. 1 a written or printed paper giving information about or proof of something a valid will is a legal instrument Synonyms of instrument certification, document, certificateWords Related to instrument credentials; diploma, parchment; record; warrant, writ; warranty; coupon, voucher

  2. 2 an article intended for use in work always choose the right instrument for any woodworking job Synonyms of instrument device, implement, tool, utensilWords Related to instrument apparatus, appliance, mechanism; contraption, contrivance, gadget, gizmo (also gismo), jigger; accessory (also accessary), accoutrement (or accouterment), adjunct, appendage, attachment

  3. 3 something used to achieve an end he sees scouting as an instrument for building character in young people Synonyms of instrument agency, agent, instrumentality, machinery, means, medium, ministry, organ, vehicleWords Related to instrument determinant, expedient, factor, influence, ingredient, mechanism, tool; weapon; activator, animator, catalyst, driver, energizer, executor, generator, impetus, incentive, inspiration, instigation, instigator, launcher, mover, power, stimulus, trigger; antecedent, cause, occasion, reason; subagency, subagent

  4. 4 one that is or can be used to further the purposes of another the claim that the scientists are mere instruments of the tobacco companies, who pay them to produce findings that are highly suspect Synonyms of instrument cat's-paw, pawn, lay figure, puppet, toolWords Related to instrument chump, dupe, foil, gull, sucker, victim; minion, stooge; lap dog, yes-man

Synonym Discussion of instrument

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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