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

v fix or set securely or deeply

“The dentist implanted a tooth in the gum”
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)
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enter, infix, insert, introduce
put or introduce into something

v 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

v put firmly in the mind

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communicate, pass, pass along, pass on, put across
transmit information

n 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
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prosthesis, prosthetic device
corrective consisting of a replacement for a part of the body

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