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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.
    • 1960 December, “The Irish Scene”, in Trains Illustrated, page 715:
      A considerable amount of beet comes from the Clonakilty and Courtmacsherry growing areas to Mallow and if the closure proposals mentioned are implemented this traffic will in future years be thrown on roads ill-suited to such heavy haulage.
    • 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.
Usage notes[edit]
  • Nouns serving as grammatical objects that commonly collocate: plan, programme, strategy, policy, agreement, order, specification, etc.
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