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Etymology 1[edit]

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


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


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.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Scottish English or Scots implement (fulfill)



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

  1. to bring about; to put into practice; to carry out
    It’s a good thought, but it will be a difficult thing to implement.
    • 2021 May 29, David Hytner, “Chelsea win Champions League after Kai Havertz stuns Manchester City”, in The Guardian[1]:
      Guardiola, who last won the Champions League in 2011, started with no defensive midfielder and no recognised striker and watched his midfielder-heavy lineup struggle to implement a complicated gameplan.
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  • Nouns serving as grammatical objects that commonly collocate: plan, programme, strategy, policy, agreement, order, specification, etc.
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