Meaning of “implement” in the English Dictionary

"implement" in English

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implementverb [ T ]

uk /ˈɪm.plɪ.ment/ us /ˈɪm.plə.ment/

B2 to start using a plan or system:

The changes to the national health system will be implemented next year.

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noun [ U ] uk /ˌɪm.plɪ.menˈteɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌɪm.plə.menˈteɪ.ʃən/


implementation of the law/agreement
Various projects for constructing new schools are under implementation in the region.

implementnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɪm.plɪ.mənt/ us /ˈɪm.plə.mənt/

(Definition of “implement” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"implement" in American English

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implementverb [ T ]

us /ˈɪm·pləˌment/

to put a plan or system into operation:

Congress refused to pass the bill that would implement tax reforms.
noun [ U ] us /ˌɪm·plə·mənˈteɪ·ʃən, -menˈteɪ-/

They've involved their workers in the development and implementation of the new program.

implementnoun [ C ]

us /ˈɪm·plə·mənt/

a tool or other piece of equipment for doing work:

farm implements

(Definition of “implement” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"implement" in Business English

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implementverb [ T ]

uk /ˈɪmplɪment/ us

to put a plan into action:

to implement a plan/policy/measure The corporation has implemented a new compensation plan for its sales force.
to implement a change/program/recommendation

IT to begin to use a new system:

The purchased package or the new IT infrastructure is implemented by specialists in that technology.

(Definition of “implement” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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However, it is these structural reforms which we are being slow to implement, particularly as regards opening markets and reducing the tax burden.
They must, furthermore, seek to implement means for the protection of personal data in the second and third pillars too at the earliest possible opportunity.
One was that those candidate states themselves must adopt and implement the 'acquis communautaire'; that is their task shared with us.
We are seeking to implement best practice.
We plan to have the definitive reference framework ready within the next few months, before the summer, the following stage then being to implement the individual chapters.
We know that there is a code of conduct, but we also know that we do not always implement those rules consistently.
The momentum to implement the necessary measures has repeatedly faltered in the face of often short-sighted resistance on the part of the governments.
The monitoring of progress in the capacity to implement is a standard procedure that we have developed over a considerable time.
You all know how important it is to complete the ratification process in order to be able to implement the agreement fully, including its financial component.
There are many deficiencies in it and much of the criticism comes from the fact that it is still very ambitious and it is difficult to implement.