Could you please tell me what verbs I can use instead of the verb to implement when talking about an idea? Could you also explain the differences between them?

Are the following sentences correct?

A: I want to implement this idea.

B: I want to realise this idea.

C: I want to carry out this idea / carry this idea out.

D: I want to put this idea into practice / effect.

E: I want to actualise this idea.

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Words like implement, realise and actualise are fairly "technical, formal". In ordinary conversation native speakers are more likely to say...

I want to put this idea into practice (About 2,070 results in Google Books)

  • Thanks. That's helpful. But as for my example sentences, they are all correct, right? Good to know that "implement" sounds quite technical or formal.
    – fill
    Apr 23, 2016 at 15:53

The verbs "execute", "achieve", "fulfill", "acomplish", "perform" or effectuate can be used with a similar meaning to "implement".

  • Can you even say "I want to acomplish/achieve that idea"?
    – fill
    Apr 23, 2016 at 15:50
  • Sorry, I realised that "even say" is ambiguous. It's not like I totally doubt it, so don't put the emphasis on "say" ... I just want to confirm if that sentence is really correct ...
    – fill
    Apr 23, 2016 at 19:08
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    @fill: If I wanted to use "accomplish" for your question, I would probably write it either as: "I want to turn this idea into an acomplishment." or "I want to accomplish putting this idea into effect." (although that second sentence is a little clunky). Apr 24, 2016 at 16:20

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