- any article used in some activity, especially an instrument, tool, or utensil: agricultural implements.
- an article of equipment, as household furniture, clothing, ecclesiastical vestments, or the like.
- a means; agent: human beings as an implement of divine plan.
- to fulfill; perform; carry out: Once in office, he failed to implement his campaign promises.
- to put into effect according to or by means of a definite plan or procedure.
- to fill out or supplement.
- to provide with implements.
Origin of implement
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Examples from the Web for implement
St. Laurent, however, pointed out why this step might be especially difficult to implement.How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities
December 16, 2014
For its part, the Pentagon said that it is no surprise that it is taking some time to implement the mission.U.S. Hasn’t Even Started Training Rebel Army to Fight ISIS
November 25, 2014
Adding a checkbox to a driver's license and another form would make this easy to implement.A Navy Vet’s Case for Gun Control
November 23, 2014
Republicans have a rare opportunity to implement policies that are truly compassionate and transcend toxic identity politics.How a GOP Senate Can Help the Poor
Veronique de Rugy
November 23, 2014
The White House just launched a major initiative to implement a more modern, sensible drug policy.Why Isn’t Prison Justice on the Ballot This Tuesday?
Inimai Chettiar, Abigail Finkelman
November 1, 2014
An implement that cries aloud for hands accustomed to the pen.The Devil's Dictionary
It was a mere shed, possibly an implement shed on an abandoned farm.The Law-Breakers
They had met quite suddenly round the corner of the implement shed.The Golden Woman
The flat of the implement struck heavily, full on the man's forehead.Blazed Trail Stories
Stewart Edward White
A flax-brake is an implement which is almost impossible to describe.Home Life in Colonial Days
Alice Morse Earle
- a piece of equipment; tool or utensilgardening implements
- something used to achieve a purpose; agent
- to carry out; put into action; performto implement a plan
- archaic to complete, satisfy, or fulfil
Word Origin and History for implement
mid-15c., from Late Latin implementem "a filling up" (as with provisions), from Latin implere "to fill," from assimilated form of in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + plere "to fill" (see pleio-). Sense of "tool" is 1530s, from notion of things provided to do work, that which "fills up" or "completes" a household (c.1500).
1806, originally chiefly in Scottish, where the noun was a legal term meaning "fulfillment," from implement (n.). It led to the wretched formation implementation, first recorded 1913. Related: Implemented.