[noun im-pluh-muh nt; verb im-pluh-ment, -muh nt] /noun ˈɪm plə mənt; verb ˈɪm pləˌmɛnt, -mənt/

any article used in some activity, especially an instrument, tool, or utensil:
agricultural implements.
an article of equipment, as household furniture, clothing, ecclesiastical vestments, or the like.
a means; agent:
human beings as an implement of divine plan.
verb (used with object)
to fulfill; perform; carry out:
Once in office, he failed to implement his campaign promises.
to put into effect according to or by means of a definite plan or procedure.
to fill out or supplement.
to provide with implements.
noun (ˈɪmplɪmənt)
a piece of equipment; tool or utensil: gardening implements
something used to achieve a purpose; agent
verb (transitive) (ˈɪmplɪˌmɛnt)
to carry out; put into action; perform: to implement a plan
(archaic) to complete, satisfy, or fulfil

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).

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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