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

 

dovetail

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈdʌvteɪl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʌvteɪl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dovetail
BrE BrE//ˈdʌvteɪl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʌvteɪl//
 
he / she / it dovetails
BrE BrE//ˈdʌvteɪlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʌvteɪlz//
 
past simple dovetailed
BrE BrE//ˈdʌvteɪld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʌvteɪld//
 
past participle dovetailed
BrE BrE//ˈdʌvteɪld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʌvteɪld//
 
-ing form dovetailing
BrE BrE//ˈdʌvteɪlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʌvteɪlɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive, transitive] (formal) dovetail (something) (with/into something) if two things dovetail or if one thing dovetails with another, they fit together well My plans dovetailed nicely with hers. She dovetails motherhood with a career working from home.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dovetail

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