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Definition of tackle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    tackle

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈtækl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtækl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tackle
    BrE BrE//ˈtækl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtækl//
     
    he / she / it tackles
    BrE BrE//ˈtæklz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtæklz//
     
    past simple tackled
    BrE BrE//ˈtækld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtækld//
     
    past participle tackled
    BrE BrE//ˈtækld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtækld//
     
    -ing form tackling
    BrE BrE//ˈtæklɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtæklɪŋ//
     
    Soccer, Rugby, American football
     
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  1. 1  [transitive] tackle something to make a determined effort to deal with a difficult problem or situation The government is determined to tackle inflation. I think I'll tackle the repairs next weekend. Firefighters tackled a blaze in a garage last night.
  2. 2  [transitive] tackle somebody (about something) to speak to somebody about a problem or difficult situation synonym confront I tackled him about the money he owed me.
  3. 3[transitive, intransitive] tackle (somebody) (in football (soccer ), hockey, etc.) to try and take the ball from an opponent He was tackled just outside the penalty area. See related entries: Soccer
  4. 4[intransitive, transitive] tackle (somebody) (in rugby or American football) to make an opponent fall to the ground in order to stop them running See related entries: Rugby, American football
  5. 5[transitive] tackle somebody to deal with somebody who is violent or threatening you He tackled a masked intruder at his home.
  6. Word Origin Middle English (denoting equipment for a specific task): probably from Middle Low German takel, from taken ‘lay hold of’. Early senses of the verb (late Middle English) described the provision and handling of a ship's equipment.Extra examples He can run fast and tackle hard. The drugs problem has to be tackled head-on. The problem is being tackled with a range of measures. We are failing to tackle the key issues. I think I’ll tackle the repairs next weekend.
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