"put to practical usage," (unlike abstract or theoretical), 1650s, from past participle of implement. Early in the day it was utilized in a sense of "folded" (c.1500).
worried about concrete dilemmas or data rather than with fundamental maxims
- of employ
(imp. & p. p.) of Apply
Biblical criticism is part of a wider critical movement, but it is noticeable how, from stage to stage, Biblical scholars adopted the various critical methods which as applied to other literatures have been proved valid, rather than themselves initiated them.