implement


noun

  1. any article used in some activity, especially an instrument, tool, or utensil: agricultural implements.
  2. an article of equipment, as household furniture, clothing, ecclesiastical vestments, or the like.
  3. a means; agent: human beings as an implement of divine plan.

verb (used with object)

  1. to fulfill; perform; carry out: Once in office, he failed to implement his campaign promises.
  2. to put into effect according to or by means of a definite plan or procedure.
  3. to fill out or supplement.
  4. to provide with implements.

noun (ˈɪmplɪmənt)

  1. a piece of equipment; tool or utensilgardening implements
  2. something used to achieve a purpose; agent

verb (ˈɪmplɪˌmɛnt) (tr)

  1. to carry out; put into action; performto implement a plan
  2. archaic to complete, satisfy, or fulfil
n.

mid-15c., from Late Latin implementem “a filling up” (as with provisions), from Latin implere “to fill,” from assimilated form of in- “into, in, on, upon” (see in- (2)) + plere “to fill” (see pleio-). Sense of “tool” is 1530s, from notion of things provided to do work, that which “fills up” or “completes” a household (c.1500).

v.

1806, originally chiefly in Scottish, where the noun was a legal term meaning “fulfillment,” from implement (n.). It led to the wretched formation implementation, first recorded 1913. Related: Implemented.

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