1. A tool, utensil, or other piece of equipment used in doing work: a gardening implement.
2. An article used to outfit or equip someone: ecclesiastical implements.
3. A means of achieving an end; an instrument or agent.
tr.v. (-mĕnt′) im·ple·ment·ed, im·ple·ment·ing, im·ple·ments
1. To put into practical effect; carry out: implement the new procedures.
2. To supply with implements.
[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; see pelə-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
im′ple·men·tation (-mən-tāshən, -mĕn-) n.
imple·ment′er, imple·men′tor n.
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