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

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“Tool.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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