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implement

[noun im-pluh-muh nt; verb im-pluh-ment, -muh nt]
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noun
  1. any article used in some activity, especially an instrument, tool, or utensil: agricultural implements.
  2. an article of equipment, as household furniture, clothing, ecclesiastical vestments, or the like.
  3. a means; agent: human beings as an implement of divine plan.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to fulfill; perform; carry out: Once in office, he failed to implement his campaign promises.
  2. to put into effect according to or by means of a definite plan or procedure.
  3. to fill out or supplement.
  4. to provide with implements.
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Origin of implement

1425–75; late Middle English < Late Latin implēmentum a filling up, equivalent to Latin implē(re) to fill up (im- im-1 + plēre to fill) + -mentum -ment
Related formsim·ple·ment·a·ble, adjectiveim·ple·men·tal, adjectiveim·ple·men·ta·tion, nounim·ple·ment·er, im·ple·men·tor, nounnon·im·ple·ment, nounnon·im·ple·men·tal, adjectivere·im·ple·ment, verb (used with object)

Synonyms for implement

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1. See tool.
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Related Words for implement

utensil, gadget, appliance, instrument, resolve, complete, enforce, realize, achieve, contraption, apparatus, machine, equipment, contrivance, device, materialize, execute, enable, invoke, perform

Examples from the Web for implement

Contemporary Examples of implement

Historical Examples of implement

  • An implement that cries aloud for hands accustomed to the pen.

  • It was a mere shed, possibly an implement shed on an abandoned farm.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • They had met quite suddenly round the corner of the implement shed.

    The Golden Woman

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for implement

implement

noun (ˈɪmplɪmənt)
  1. a piece of equipment; tool or utensilgardening implements
  2. something used to achieve a purpose; agent
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verb (ˈɪmplɪˌmɛnt) (tr)
  1. to carry out; put into action; performto implement a plan
  2. archaic to complete, satisfy, or fulfil
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Derived Formsimplemental, adjectiveimplementation, nounimplementer or implementor, noun

Word Origin for implement

C17: from Late Latin implēmentum, literally: a filling up, from Latin implēre to fill up, satisfy, fulfil
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Word Origin and History for implement

n.

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).

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v.

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.

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