AskDefine | Define implement

Dictionary Definition

implement n : instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end


1 apply in a manner consistent with its purpose or design; "implement a procedure"
2 ensure observance of laws and rules; "Apply the rules to everyone"; [syn: enforce, apply] [ant: exempt]
3 pursue to a conclusion or bring to a successful issue; "Did he go through with the treatment?"; "He implemented a new economic plan"; "She followed up his recommendations with a written proposal" [syn: follow through, follow up, follow out, carry out, put through, go through]

User Contributed Dictionary



From implementem (accusative singular of implemens) (“a filling up”), present participle of implere (“to fill up”).

Pronunciation 1

  • /ˈɪmpləmənt/


  1. A tool or instrument for working with.
    They carried an assortment of gardening implements in the truck.
a tool

Pronunciation 2

  • /ˌɪmpləmˈent/


  1. to bring about; to put into practice
    It’s a good thought, but it will be a difficult thing to implement.
bring about

Extensive Definition

Implement(s) may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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