from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A tool or instrument used in doing work: a gardening implement. See Synonyms at tool.
  • n. An article used to outfit or equip.
  • n. A means of achieving an end; an instrument or agent.
  • transitive v. To put into practical effect; carry out: implement the new procedures.
  • transitive v. To supply with implements.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tool or instrument for working with.
  • v. to bring about; to put into practice
  • v. to carry out; to do

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which fulfills or supplies a want or use; esp., an instrument, tool, or utensil, as supplying a requisite to an end.
  • transitive v. To accomplish; to fulfill.
  • transitive v. To provide with an implement or implements; to cause to be fulfilled, satisfied, or carried out, by means of an implement or implements.
  • transitive v. To fulfill or perform, as a contract or an engagement.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fulfil or satisfy the conditions of; accomplish.
  • To fulfil or perform; carry into effect or execution: as, to implement a contract or decree.
  • To provide, supply, or fit with implements or instrumental means.
  • n. The act of fulfilling or performing: as, in implement of a contract.
  • n. Whatever may supply a want; especially, an instrument, tool, or utensil; an instrumental appliance or means: as, the implements of trade or of husbandry.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. ensure observance of laws and rules
  • v. apply in a manner consistent with its purpose or design
  • v. pursue to a conclusion or bring to a successful issue
  • n. instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end


Middle English, supplementary payment, from Old French emplement, act of filling, from Late Latin implēmentum, from Latin implēre, to fill up : in-, intensive pref.; see in-2 + plēre, to fill.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin implēmentum ("a filling up"), from Latin impleō ("I fill up"). (Wiktionary)
From Scottish English or Scots implement ("fulfill") (Wiktionary)



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