US: /ˈtuɫ/
UK: /tˈuːl/

English Vietnamese dictionary

tool /tu:l/
  • danh từ
    • dụng cụ, đồ dùng
      • gardener's tools: dụng cụ của người làm vườn
    • (nghĩa bóng) công cụ; lợi khí; tay sai
      • a tool of new colonialism: một công cụ của chủ nghĩa thực dân mới
      • to make a tool of someone: lợi dụng ai, sử dụng ai làm tay sai
    • a bad workman quarrels with his tools
      • (xem) quarrel
  • ngoại động từ
    • chế tạo thành dụng cụ
    • rập hình trang trí (vào gáy sách...)
    • chạm
    • (thông tục) lái (xe) một cách phóng khoáng

Advanced English dictionary

noun, verb
+ noun
1 an instrument such as a hammer, SCREWDRIVER, SAW, etc. that you hold in your hand and use for making things, repairing things, etc: garden tools + a cutting tool + a tool kit (= a set of tools in a box or bag) + power tools (= using electricity) + Always select the right tool for the job.
2 a thing that helps you to do your job or to achieve sth: research tools like questionnaires + The computer is now an invaluable tool for the family doctor. + Some of them carried the guns which were the tools of their trade (= the things they needed to do their job). + the effectiveness of interest rates as an economic tool
3 a person who is used or controlled by another person or group: The prime minister was an unwitting tool of the president.
4 (!!!, slang) a PENIS
Idioms see DOWN v.
+ verb [V +adv./prep.] (AmE, informal) to drive around in a vehicle
Phrasal Verbs: tool up
tool sb/sth<->up (BrE, technical) to get or provide sb/sth with the equipment, etc. that is necessary to do or produce sth: The factory is not tooled up to produce this type of engine.

Thesaurus dictionary

1 utensil, implement, instrument, device, apparatus, appliance, contrivance, aid, machine, mechanism, gadget, Colloq contraption, gimmick, Chiefly US and Canadian gismo or gizmo:
The work would go faster if you had the proper tools.
2 means, way, agency, weapon, medium, vehicle, instrumentality, avenue, road:
Education is the tool you need to get anywhere in life.
3 puppet, cat's-paw, pawn, dupe, Slang stooge, sucker:
I had been used merely as a tool in her ambitious rise to the top.
4 work, carve, cut, embellish, decorate, ornament, dress, shape:
This is the shop where the leather is tooled and gold-stamped.

Collocation dictionary

1 instrument for making/repairing things


general-purpose, multi-purpose | basic, primitive, standard, traditional
craftsmen using traditional tools
| sophisticated, special | sharp | rusting/rusty | cutting, drawing, measuring | cordless, hand, machine, power | agricultural, engineering, farm, garden/gardening, industrial, woodworking




use | sharpen | blunt
Cutting concrete would blunt a metal-cutting tool.
| down ~s
Workers downed tools (= stopped work)in protest at poor safety standards in the works.




the tool/tools of the trade
The guitarist opened the case and took out the tool of his trade.

2 sth that helps you do/achieve sth


effective, essential, important, indispensable, invaluable, major, necessary, powerful, useful, valuable, vital | educational, learning, reference, research
This dictionary is an invaluable reference tool for advanced learners.
| ideological, negotiating, political, propaganda
We must ensure that education is not used as a political tool.
| communication, management, marketing | analysis/analytical, design, desktop, development, drawing, multimedia, presentation, programming, software

Concise English dictionary

+an implement used in the practice of a vocation
+the means whereby some act is accomplished
+a person who is controlled by others and is used to perform unpleasant or dishonest tasks for someone else
+obscene terms for penis
+ride in a car with no particular goal and just for the pleasure of it
+furnish with tools
+work with a tool