When you implant something, you place or embed it solidly: you might implant marbles in the damp concrete of a newly poured sidewalk, for example.

There are a couple of different ways to implant something — the first is to physically fix an item deeply, the way you might implant a croquet wicket in the ground. A more figurative way to implant is to settle an idea into someone's mind. You could accidentally implant a fear of highway driving in your younger brother's mind, for example, by telling him stories of traffic accidents. Implant comes from the French word implanter, "to insert."

Definitions of implant
  1. verb
    fix or set securely or deeply
    “The dentist implanted a tooth in the gum”
    synonyms: embed, engraft, imbed, plant
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    plant in a pot
    fit together or fit inside
    bury, sink
    embed deeply
    put in a new, usually larger, pot
    countersink, set
    insert (a nail or screw below the surface, as into a countersink)
    type of:
    enter, infix, insert, introduce
    put or introduce into something
  2. verb
    become attached to and embedded in the uterus
    “The egg fertilized in vitro implanted in the uterus of the birth mother with no further complications”
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    become attached
  3. verb
    put firmly in the mind
    synonyms: plant
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    communicate, pass, pass along, pass on, put across
    transmit information
  4. noun
    a prosthesis placed permanently in tissue
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    artificial heart
    a pump that replaces the natural heart
    artificial joint
    a metal or plastic part that is surgically implanted to replace a natural joint (possibly elbow or wrist but usually hip or knee)
    breast implant
    an implant for cosmetic purposes to replace a breast that has been surgically removed
    dental implant
    an implant that replaces a natural tooth
    heart valve
    an implant that replaces a natural cardiac valve
    IOL, interocular lens implant, lens implant
    a clear plastic lens that is implanted in the eye; usually done when the natural lens has been removed in a cataract operation
    penile implant
    an implant that creates an artificial erection
    implant consisting of a tube made of plastic or rubber; for draining fluids within the body
    accommodating IOL, accommodating lens implant
    a lens implant containing a hinge that allows for both near and far vision (thus mimicking the natural lens of a young person)
    Jarvik artificial heart, Jarvik heart
    a kind of artificial heart that has been used with some success
    monofocal IOL, monofocal lens implant
    a lens with a single focus that is used after cataract surgery to provide clear distance vision
    multifocal IOL, multifocal lens implant
    a type of lens implant that contains several rings with a common center and adjusts for near or far vision; the eye is in focus for near and far vision simultaneously
    type of:
    prosthesis, prosthetic device
    corrective consisting of a replacement for a part of the body
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