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implement

[n. im-pluh-muh nt; v. im-pluh-ment, -muh nt] /n. ˈɪm plə mənt; v. ˈɪm pləˌmɛnt, -mənt/
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.
verb (used with object)
4.
to fulfill; perform; carry out:
Once in office, he failed to implement his campaign promises.
5.
to put into effect according to or by means of a definite plan or procedure.
6.
to fill out or supplement.
7.
to provide with implements.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
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)
Synonyms
1. See tool.
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  • It turns out there are a few more implements left to hurl.
  • These implements of warfare were developed to fill a perceived need or follow a specific doctrine.
  • He likens these molecular proteins to implements in a toolbox that help to build specialized brain regions.
  • The discussion of some effective option must begin before nature implements its own corrective actions.
  • And that someone implements a powerful system that rejects those images as a typical adult human would do.
  • We smile to each other from our parallel mats, the pipe and tray of implements between us.
  • She scanned the open beams and farm implements stashed around the tea house.
  • The armory contains only some familiar farmyard implements.
  • Information on obtaining an annual implements of husbandry permit.
  • Slow-moving vehicle emblem, display of, on implements of husbandry only.
British Dictionary definitions for implements

implement

noun (ˈɪmplɪmənt)
1.
a piece of equipment; tool or utensil: gardening implements
2.
something used to achieve a purpose; agent
verb (transitive) (ˈɪmplɪˌmɛnt)
3.
to carry out; put into action; perform: to implement a plan
4.
(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 implements

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).

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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