Meaning of “implement” in the English Dictionary

"implement" in British 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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  • The determination of policy is not your business - your job is to implement it.
  • Local councils will be given some leeway as to how they implement the legislation.
  • He has been vested with the power/authority to implement whatever changes he sees fit.
  • Consultants found the experience frustrating - their reports were only partly implemented, or, worse still, just pigeonholed.
  • The country had been slow to implement the new European directive.
implementation
noun [ U ] uk /ˌɪm.plɪ.menˈteɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌɪm.plə.menˈteɪ.ʃən/

C2

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.
implementation
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)