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[ noun im-pluh-muhnt; verb im-pluh-ment, -muhnt ]


  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.

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. Computers. to realize or instantiate (an element in a program), often under certain conditions as specified by the software involved.
  4. to fill out or supplement.
  5. to provide with implements.



  1. a piece of equipment; tool or utensil

    gardening implements

  2. something used to achieve a purpose; agent


  1. to carry out; put into action; perform

    to implement a plan

  2. archaic.
    to complete, satisfy, or fulfil
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Derived Forms

  • ˌimplemenˈtation, noun
  • ˌimpleˈmental, adjective
  • ˈimpleˌmenter, noun
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Other Words From

  • im·ple·ment·a·ble adjective
  • im·ple·men·tal adjective
  • im·ple·men·ta·tion [im-pl, uh, -m, uh, n-, tey, -sh, uh, n, ‑men‑] noun
  • im·ple·ment·er im·ple·men·tor noun
  • non·im·ple·ment noun
  • non·im·ple·men·tal adjective
  • re·im·ple·ment verb (used with object)
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Word History and Origins

Origin of implement1

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English, from Late Latin implēmentum “a filling up,” equivalent to Latin implē(re) “to fill up” ( im- im- 1 + plēre “to fill” ) + -mentum -ment
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Word History and Origins

Origin of implement1

C17: from Late Latin implēmentum, literally: a filling up, from Latin implēre to fill up, satisfy, fulfil
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Example Sentences

You’ll never ever use these implements for anything else, but they take up so little room that it’s worth it to buy a few if you’re a grapefruit lover.

Middle Stone Age tools were smaller and more carefully crafted implements.

Although it’s still unclear where in Africa — as well as when and by whom — Middle Stone Age tools were invented, early humans would have found such implements invaluable for adapting to environmental disruptions, Stringer says.

I’d lost the implement I’d needed to claw myself out of my cage, and I hadn’t had what he’d needed from me when he’d needed it.

Existence felt like a cage, and gaming was an implement that clawed us out.

St. Laurent, however, pointed out why this step might be especially difficult to implement.

For its part, the Pentagon said that it is no surprise that it is taking some time to implement the mission.

Adding a checkbox to a driver's license and another form would make this easy to implement.

Republicans have a rare opportunity to implement policies that are truly compassionate and transcend toxic identity politics.

The White House just launched a major initiative to implement a more modern, sensible drug policy.

He stood up, crowbar in hand, and inserted the chisel blade of the implement between the edge of the door and the doorcase.

I looked among the dead, to see if I could find any iron implement with which to excavate the wall, or to break the chains.

Soon the captain drove his implement through the hay, and against something that gave back a resistance like that of soft pine.

As the implement fell upon the stones of the courtyard, Thyra's quick ear noticed the peculiar sound.

In his hand the measuring-rod was a far mightier implement than the pen.


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The word implement broadly refers to any article used in some activity. When should you use this noun over tool, instrument, or utensil? Learn more on