im·​ple·​ment | \ ˈim-plə-mənt How to pronounce implement (audio) \

Essential Meaning of implement

: an object used to do work : tool farming implements stone implements used in prehistoric times a sharp-edged implement used to chop wood

Full Definition of implement

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a device used in the performance of a task : tool, utensil
2 : one that serves as an instrument or tool the partnership agreement does not seem to be a very potent implement— H. B. Hoffman
3 : an article serving to equip the implements of religious worship


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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implementer or implementor \ ˈim-​plə-​ˌmen-​tər How to pronounce implement (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for implement

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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

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 To create the garden, the old beds were cultivated down 12 inches with a heavy steel tool named a broadfork — essentially an implement with curving tines between two tall handles. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 14 July 2021 Google Fiber will give Neighborhood Concepts a grant to develop a digital inclusion project in Huntsville, and Wachter will work with other fellows for a year to discuss an implement a project that could broaden their city’s digital access and use. Lee Roop |, al, 27 July 2021 Using a fork or some other suitable implement, roll the fruit in the hot water for about a minute to soften the wax, then remove and wipe clean with a paper towel. Amy Drew Thompson,, 13 July 2021 Dobson opened the Lake City factory in a former farm implement dealership on the town’s square in 1974. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 17 June 2021 Supporters of the FAST Act see it as a way to transform an industry, a potential model to take to other states and in implement in other states. Tony Marks, Forbes, 14 June 2021 There is a dent on the left side of the figure’s neck, which some scholars have read as a gesture of contempt: someone apparently decided to batter the art work with a heavy implement. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 7 June 2021 For everyone else, heavy accumulations require some chiseling off cars, and the stuff is nearly impossible to shovel without a metal implement. Washington Post, 19 Feb. 2021 But a sensible strategy proved easier to design than implement., 14 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Even President Xi Jinping, the most powerful Chinese leader in decades, may not have the clout to implement it—at least not soon. Jacky Wong, WSJ, 20 Oct. 2021 Some Shelter Tok videos might result from actual renovations — fixtures, appliances, ​wallpaper — but the audience is there to identify with the taste displayed, not implement it. New York Times, 20 Oct. 2021 Was there any debate about using that or how to implement it? Maureen Lee Lenker,, 19 Oct. 2021 These leaders explain why a vision is needed, how to implement it, how to communicate a vision effectively, and how to live by it with integrity. Rhett Power, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 The European Consumer Organization, an umbrella organization of consumer groups, cheered the commission’s recommendations and urged national governments to implement them. Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2021 Which means that even if new rules are issued, they could be tied up in lengthy court battles before the Biden Administration is allowed to implement them. Brian Bennett, Time, 8 Oct. 2021 The proposal received some tentative support from health care groups, along with some initial uncertainty over including bonuses for non-health workers and waiting until next year to implement them instead of a special session this fall. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, 6 Oct. 2021 Measuring gene activity, and regulation, is important, because all cells contain the same DNA, but different cell types implement it differently. Simon Makin, Scientific American, 6 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of implement


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3


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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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


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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