Focus on the pronunciation of tool
› a small piece of equipment that you use with your hands to make or repair something: They sell agricultural machinery and tools. You can assemble our furniture using hand tools or very basic power tools.
› something that helps you in a particular activity: An educated sales force is one of the most effective tools any company can have. Our online presence gives us a powerful new tool to maintain market position. a business/marketing/research tool a strategic/managerial/statistical tool
› IT a program or feature of a program that helps you do particular things on a computer: The spreadsheet program offers several useful tools for manipulating the material. Companies in the industry tend to use identical, or at least compatible, software tools.
tool of the trade › something that is necessary for doing a particular job: A personal computer and laptop are essential tools of the trade for any journalist. The ability to write clearly is another tool of the trade. → See also machine tool