implement

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Late Latin implēmentum (a filling up), from Latin impleō (I fill up).

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  • enPR: ĭmʹplə-mənt, IPA(key): /ˈɪmpləmənt/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

implement (plural implements)

  1. A tool or instrument for working with.
    They carried an assortment of gardening implements in the truck.
    • 1900, Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams, Avon Books, (translated by James Strachey) pg. 234:
      A man dreamt as follows: He saw two boys struggling—barrel-maker’s boys, to judge by the implements lying around.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Scottish English or Scots implement (fulfill)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: ĭmʹplə-mĕnt, IPA(key): /ˈɪmpləmɛnt/

Verb[edit]

implement (third-person singular simple present implements, present participle implementing, simple past and past participle implemented)

  1. to bring about; to put into practice
    It’s a good thought, but it will be a difficult thing to implement.
  2. to carry out; to do
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  • Objects: plan, programme, strategy, policy, agreement, order, specification, etc.
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