Meaning of IMPLEMENT in English


I. ˈim-plə-mənt noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin implementum action of filling up, from Latin implēre to fill up, from in- + plēre to fill — more at full

Date: 15th century

1. : an article serving to equip

the implement s of religious worship

2. : a device used in the performance of a task : tool , utensil

3. : one that serves as an instrument or tool

the partnership agreement does not seem to be a very potent implement — H. B. Hoffman


implement , tool , instrument , appliance , utensil mean a relatively simple device for performing work. implement may apply to anything necessary to perform a task

crude stone implements

farm implements

tool suggests an implement adapted to facilitate a definite kind or stage of work and suggests the need of skill more strongly than implement

a carpenter's tools

instrument suggests a device capable of delicate or precise work

the dentist's instruments

appliance refers to a tool or instrument utilizing a power source and suggests portability or temporary attachment

household appliances

utensil applies to a device used in domestic work or some routine unskilled activity

kitchen utensils

II. -ˌment transitive verb

Date: 1806

1. : carry out , accomplish ; especially : to give practical effect to and ensure of actual fulfillment by concrete measures

2. : to provide instruments or means of expression for

• im·ple·men·ta·tion ˌim-plə-mən-ˈtā-shən, -ˌmen- noun

• im·ple·men·ter or im·ple·men·tor ˈim-plə-ˌmən-tər noun

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