When something is implemented, it's put in place or enforced. If you hear a rumor at work that all employees must wear hats with propellers, you'll probably be relieved to learn that it's not an implemented policy — at least, not yet.

The Latin word implementum means "filling up" or "fulfillment." A decision, plan, or policy is like an empty idea until it's implemented. An implemented rule, on the other hand, is in full force, and you'll have to stick to it. When a law has been suggested, officially proposed, voted on, and finally written into the law books, you can describe it as implemented.

Definitions of implemented

adj forced or compelled or put in force

not enforced; not compelled especially by legal or police action

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