- 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 [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[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[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[transitive] tackle somebody to deal with somebody who is violent or threatening you He tackled a masked intruder at his home. Word Origin Middle English (denoting equipment for a specific task): probably from Middle Low German takel, from taken
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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