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[n. im-pluh-muh nt; v. im-pluh-ment, -muh nt] /n. ˈɪm plə mənt; v. ˈɪm pləˌmɛnt, -mənt/
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.
verb (used with object)
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
late Middle English
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 forms
implementable, adjective
implemental, adjective
implementation, noun
implementer, implementor, noun
nonimplement, noun
nonimplemental, adjective
reimplement, verb (used with object)
1. See tool. Unabridged
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  • What's lacking is action to implement and increase known solutions to meet those commitments.
  • If the parties agree on the agenda, all actors are given an action plan to implement its suggestions.
  • It is simple logic, not so simple to implement, but fixing the educational system is a good start for the long term.
  • To conserve scarce supplies, water managers will probably have to implement restrictions again.
  • He had no better implement with which to intrench himself in the land than a clam-shell.
  • We must modify their education system and then implement the curriculum into our own.
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  • Have groups plan a skit showing how they will implement this study.
  • Keep your compost pile properly aerated by turning it over with a pitchfork or other yard implement.
  • The data collected is used to redirect water traffic and implement safer fishing practices to keep these whales safe.
British Dictionary definitions for implement


noun (ˈɪmplɪmənt)
a piece of equipment; tool or utensil: gardening implements
something used to achieve a purpose; agent
verb (transitive) (ˈɪmplɪˌmɛnt)
to carry out; put into action; perform: to implement a plan
(archaic) to complete, satisfy, or fulfil
Derived Forms
implemental, adjective
implementation, noun
implementer, implementor, noun
Word Origin
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

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.

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