instrument - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 2
    a musical instrument, for example a piano or a guitar

    Do you play an instrument?

  2. 3
    an object that is used as a weapon

    an instrument of torture/death

  3. 4
    formal someone or something that can be used in order to make something happen

    The government has a number of policy instruments it can use for this purpose.

    instrument of:

    an important instrument of quality control

    1. a.
      a person who someone uses to help achieve a result
      instrument of:

      The missionaries believed they were instruments of God.