tack·​le | \ ˈta-kəl How to pronounce tackle (audio) , nautical often ˈtā- How to pronounce tackle (audio) \

Definition of tackle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a set of the equipment used in a particular activity : gear fishing tackle
2a : a ship's rigging
b : an assemblage of ropes and pulleys arranged to gain mechanical advantage for hoisting and pulling
3a : the act or an instance of tackling
b(1) : either of two offensive football players positioned on each side of the center and between guard and end
(2) : either of two football players positioned on the inside of a defensive line


tackled; tackling\ ˈta-​k(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce tackle (audio) \

Definition of tackle (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to seize, take hold of, or grapple with especially with the intention of stopping or subduing
b : to seize and throw down or stop (an opposing player with the ball) in football
2 : to set about dealing with tackle the problem
3 : to attach or secure with or as if with tackle

intransitive verb

: to tackle an opposing player in football

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tackle 2b

In the meaning defined above

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tackler \ ˈta-​k(ə-​)lər How to pronounce tackle (audio) \ noun

Examples of tackle in a Sentence

Noun a box for fishing tackle He made two tackles in the first half. Verb The police officer tackled him as he tried to escape. He was tackled at the line of scrimmage. I'll tackle my homework later. We found new ways to tackle the problem. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Last year, left tackle Taylor Decker missed eight games with a similar injury to his left index finger, and center Frank Ragnow missed 13 games with a toe injury. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 29 Sep. 2022 The Chargers also lost Pro Bowl left tackle Rashawn Slater on Sunday because of a torn biceps that will require surgery as well. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 28 Sep. 2022 The Bolts also lost star pass rusher Joey Bosa early and left tackle Rashawn Slater late. Mark Long, Orlando Sentinel, 26 Sep. 2022 The Titans likely will be without three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan, whom Jones repeatedly attacked a year ago. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 25 Sep. 2022 With senior captain Sam Annese injured, Scogland started at left guard, then moved to left tackle when Scott Campbell suffered an injury. Nate Weitzer, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Sep. 2022 Armstead, the Dolphins’ three-time Pro Bowl left tackle that was acquired in free agency this offseason, was back at the team’s practice on Thursday. David Furones, Sun Sentinel, 15 Sep. 2022 The Ravens announced Friday that left tackle Ronnie Stanley (ankle) will not play against the Jets. Ryan Mcfadden, Baltimore Sun, 11 Sep. 2022 The 9th-year veteran has an important job: protecting Jameis Winston as the Saints left tackle. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Ruess started at right guard last season after starting at right tackle the previous year. Michael Osipoff, Chicago Tribune, 29 Sep. 2022 Hey, Mary Kay: Was the hit by the Steelers right tackle Chukwuma Okorafor on Anthony Walker Jr. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, 25 Sep. 2022 There was a reduction over the past three years in overall homelessness as well as an explosion in the city’s budget to tackle the crisis, but moving the needle on chronic homelessness remains elusive. Staff Writer Follow, Los Angeles Times, 21 Sep. 2022 Thorne was sacked by two Huskies when right tackle Spencer Brown and center Nick Samac failed to hold their blocks to end the third drive, leaving the Spartans with just 11 yards on 12 plays through three possessions. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 18 Sep. 2022 The state needs 270,000 additional homes to tackle its housing crisis, according to the Arizona Department of Housing. Juliette Rihl, The Arizona Republic, 17 Sep. 2022 But founder Yvon Chouinard has taken his vision of what a responsible business should look like one step further, by giving away his entire company—believed to be worth $3 billion (£2.6 billion)—in a bid to tackle the climate crisis. Emily Chan, Vogue, 15 Sep. 2022 Their messages came after news about the queen's condition first emerged while lawmakers in Parliament were discussing the new government's plan to tackle Britain's energy crisis. Henry Austin, NBC News, 8 Sep. 2022 British Prime Minister Liz Truss on Wednesday ruled out a windfall tax on oil companies to pay for her plans to tackle the energy crisis. BostonGlobe.com, 7 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of tackle


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1600, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3

History and Etymology for tackle


Middle English takel; akin to Middle Dutch takel ship's rigging

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“Tackle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tackle. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for tackle


tack·​le | \ ˈta-kəl How to pronounce tackle (audio) \
tackled; tackling

Kids Definition of tackle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to seize and throw (a person) to the ground
2 : to begin working on I decided to tackle the job.



Kids Definition of tackle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a set of special equipment fishing tackle
2 : an arrangement of ropes and wheels for hoisting or pulling something heavy
3 : an act of seizing and throwing a person to the ground
4 : a football player positioned on the line of scrimmage

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