tool Definition

  • 1a device or implement used to carry out a particular function
  • 2a person used or exploited by another

Using tool: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "tool" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    A hammer is a useful tool for building.

  • Example

    He is a tool of the government, doing their bidding without question.

  • Example

    The software provides a range of tools for editing and formatting text.

  • Example

    She uses makeup as a tool to enhance her natural beauty.

tool Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using tool

  • an item or skill that is necessary or useful for a particular profession or activity


    A good set of knives is a tool of the trade for any chef.

  • a tool in someone's hands

    someone who is being used or manipulated by another person for their own purposes


    He thought he was in control, but he was just a tool in her hands.

  • something that is specifically designed or suited for a particular task or purpose


    You need the right tool for the job if you want to do it well.

Phrases with tool

  • to drive or ride around aimlessly or leisurely


    We decided to tool around the countryside on our bikes.

  • to have all the necessary skills, abilities, or resources to succeed in a particular task or situation


    She has all the tools to become a successful entrepreneur.

  • something that can be used to bring about change or achieve a particular goal


    Education is a powerful tool for social change.

Origins of tool

from Old English 'tōl', meaning 'implement, instrument'


Summary: tool in Brief

The term 'tool' [tuːl] refers to a device or implement used to carry out a particular function, such as a hammer or software for editing text. It can also refer to a person who is used or exploited by another, exemplified by 'He is a tool of the government.' 'Tool' extends into phrases like 'tool around,' and idioms like 'a tool of the trade,' denoting an item or skill necessary for a particular profession, and 'a tool in someone's hands,' implying manipulation.

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