Definition of implement verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



verbVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they implement
BrE BrE//ˈɪmplɪment//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪmplɪment//
he / she / it implements
BrE BrE//ˈɪmplɪments//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪmplɪments//
past simple implemented
BrE BrE//ˈɪmplɪmentɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪmplɪmentɪd//
past participle implemented
BrE BrE//ˈɪmplɪmentɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪmplɪmentɪd//
-ing form implementing
BrE BrE//ˈɪmplɪmentɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪmplɪmentɪŋ//
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BrE BrE//ˈɪmplɪment//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪmplɪment//
implement something (formal) to make something that has been officially decided start to happen or be used synonym carry somethingout to implement changes/decisions/policies/reforms A new work programme for young people will be implemented.
Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘article of furniture, equipment, or dress’): partly from medieval Latin implementa (plural), partly from late Latin implementum ‘filling up, fulfilment’, both from Latin implere ‘fill up’ (later ‘employ’), from in- ‘in’ + Latin plere ‘fill’. The verb dates from the early 18th cent.Extra examples It’s a simple, easily implemented system. The decision was hard to implement. The decision will be difficult to implement. The government failed to implement the plan. The proposed changes were never actually implemented. These policies have never been fully implemented. These reforms have now been widely implemented in schools. a poorly implemented strategy The government gave assurances that it would implement the recommendations in full. We are implementing a new system of stock control. We have not yet begun to implement the changes.
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