Definition of implement in English:



  • 1A tool, utensil, or other piece of equipment that is used for a particular purpose.

    ‘garden implements’
    • ‘A writer needs basically a space, a writing implement and some paper.’
    • ‘Others were gardening, armed with clippers and other sharp implements.’
    • ‘A Roman kitchen is being constructed alongside a display of medieval farming implements and clothes.’
    • ‘He wants to show you his collection of gardening implements.’
    • ‘Thousands of people came from all sides armed with implements of destruction.’
    • ‘The hardware stores sold spades, forks, rakes and all sorts of farming implements.’
    • ‘On the porch of the museum are steam locomotives, municipal vehicles and agricultural implements.’
    • ‘The stalls mostly sold such things as agricultural implements, live chickens and vegetables.’
    • ‘From the dawn of stone age implements to the height of culinary technique, man has enjoyed his soup.’
    • ‘First, the implements of war would undergo a major technological change.’
    • ‘He tried to grip at the metal implement, but it fell to the floor.’
    • ‘Many knives are designed as multi-purpose cutting implements.’
    • ‘The store sells clothing, household goods, small furniture and garden implements.’
    • ‘He wields a giant microphone like some kind of torture implement.’
    • ‘The violence can be all too real with hammers, bombs and household implements being used to exact revenge.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, I had no garden implements at hand.’
    • ‘By the 6th century a series of new farm implements began to make their appearance.’
    • ‘The rules and regulations were explained and they were given basic digging implements - a spade and a fork.’
    • ‘Today, artists can use various implements to cut the blocks of wood.’
    • ‘Inside, there is a display of paleolithic tools, neolithic stone implements and megalithic pottery.’
    tool, utensil, instrument, device, apparatus, contrivance, gadget, contraption, appliance, machine, labour-saving device
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  • 2Scots Law
    [mass noun] Performance of an obligation.


  • Put (a decision, plan, agreement, etc.) into effect.

    ‘the scheme to implement student loans’
    • ‘Our two-color scheme is easily implemented using conventional continuous wave excitation.’
    • ‘But, apparently, work was never done to properly implement the program.’
    • ‘Such communities have suffered through the policies implemented by this government.’
    • ‘If the pilot is successful, the program could be implemented nationwide within three years.’
    • ‘The plan should be fair, transparent, land-based and implemented in a fair manner.’
    • ‘He said all government-sponsored schemes would be implemented at the grassroots level.’
    • ‘Steps to protect forest areas should be implemented without further delay.’
    • ‘Donors agree the government needs funds to develop its own structures and capacity before it can properly implement any strategy.’
    • ‘Isn't technology always developed years ahead of when it is implemented on a mass scale?’
    • ‘What is the purpose of making statements if they are not actually implemented on the ground?’
    • ‘Wireless devices and networks must be properly planned and implemented to ensure the confidentiality and integrity of data.’
    • ‘There are also measures you can implement to ensure that you have genuine employment equity in your business.’
    • ‘They can actually implement what they're talking about.’
    • ‘If the buffer has been reduced to 10 %, then contingency plans are implemented immediately.’
    • ‘The evidence based policies implemented by several governments in the West have not been widely introduced here.’
    • ‘He added there was also the risk that the two sides may fail to properly implement the programme.’
    • ‘The final part of the plan was never fully implemented primarily due to the speed of the Russian advance.’
    • ‘Finally, the program is implemented using a learning system that works best for the individual company.’
    • ‘First, it can be easily implemented on a wide-scale basis in primary health care facilities.’
    • ‘Such policies were implemented using schools as the primary vehicle to maintain and revive the Irish language.’
    execute, apply, put into action, put into effect, put into practice, carry out, carry through, perform, enact, administer
    fulfil, discharge, accomplish, bring about, achieve, realize, contrive, effect
    enforce, impose
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘article of furniture, equipment, or dress’): partly from medieval Latin implementa (plural), partly from late Latin implementum filling up, fulfilment, both from Latin implere fill up (later employ), from in- in + Latin plere fill. The verb dates from the early 18th century.