Synonyms & Antonyms of tool

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 an article intended for use in work
  • needed a special tool to open the case of the appliance

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2 one that is or can be used to further the purposes of another
  • a ruthless leader using his trusting followers as tools in his quest for power

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3 one who is easily deceived or cheated
  • you're just a pathetic tool of the advertising industry if you believe everything you see in TV commercials

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Synonyms of tool (Entry 2 of 2)

to travel by a motorized vehicle
  • I spent some time tooling around town today

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How is the word tool different from other nouns like it?

Some common synonyms of tool are appliance, implement, instrument, and utensil. While all these words mean "a relatively simple device for performing work," 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

When is it sensible to use appliance instead of tool?

While the synonyms appliance and tool are close in meaning, appliance refers to a tool or instrument utilizing a power source and suggests portability or temporary attachment.

household appliances

In what contexts can implement take the place of tool?

In some situations, the words implement and tool are roughly equivalent. However, implement may apply to anything necessary to perform a task.

crude stone implements

farm implements

When is instrument a more appropriate choice than tool?

While in some cases nearly identical to tool, instrument suggests a device capable of delicate or precise work.

the dentist's instruments

When could utensil be used to replace tool?

The words utensil and tool can be used in similar contexts, but utensil applies to a device used in domestic work or some routine unskilled activity.

kitchen utensils

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The first known use of tool was before the 12th century

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“Tool.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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