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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Currently, right tackle Jack Conklin holds that distinction at $14 million a year. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, 18 July 2021 His favorite sports were karate, swimming and tackle football. Andrew Favakeh, The Arizona Republic, 16 July 2021 Tshabola, a 6-foot-6, 340-pound tackle, is a first-team All-Ohio selection and an Ohio State University commit. cincinnati.com, 14 July 2021 Lions long snapper Don Muhlbach will turn 40 in August and Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth will do so in December. BostonGlobe.com, 11 July 2021 These entrepreneurial teens don’t rely on hand-holding from parents, professors or superiors to make bold results and tackle challenging, innovative projects. Kristen Moon, Forbes, 6 July 2021 The Alabama native needs 77 tackles to become the conference’s all-time tackle leader. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, 6 July 2021 Junior Adonis Boone gets a lot of the versatility credit with his ability to play tackle and guard, but Hudson is similarly versatile. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, 6 July 2021 Ultralight spin tackle with 4- to 6-pound test monofilament with or without the float allows use of tiny jigs with 1 -1 ½-inch curlytails to probe deeper water. Bill May, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 4 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb California’s Senate and Assembly on Tuesday approved SB 144, which will tackle a shortage of soundstage space in the region that is already close to full capacity. Anousha Sakoui, Los Angeles Times, 15 July 2021 Barrett wants to use money that came to the city from the American Rescue Plan to tackle skills gap and job boost training. Ricardo Torres, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 July 2021 Some bands focus on specific time periods when The Beatles toured, while others tackle songs that the band never played live. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, 6 July 2021 As a starting point, Mr. Woodward of the Country Food Trust has been lobbying for the Forestry Commission to donate all deer carcasses to his group as a cost-effective way for the government to tackle food poverty quickly. New York Times, 3 July 2021 Though they're based in Miami-Dade County, team members are dispatched across the US and around the world to tackle disasters of all kinds. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 30 June 2021 The Delta variant of Covid-19 has prompted multiple countries to reimpose restrictions to tackle the spread of infection, The Guardian reported on June 28. Scroll Staff, Quartz, 29 June 2021 The skits tackle familiar subjects but in new, sometimes witty and evocative ways. Rohan Preston, Star Tribune, 8 July 2021 The plan would tackle the thorny but crucial issues of emissions and climate change, and how to encourage more pedestrian access. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, 7 July 2021

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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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The first known use of tackle was in the 13th century

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21 Jul 2021

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“Tackle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tackle. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tackle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: equipment that is used for a particular activity (especially fishing)
American football or rugby : the act of forcing the player who has the ball to fall to the ground
soccer, field hockey, etc. : the act of trying to get the ball from an opposing player



English Language Learners Definition of tackle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to forcefully seize (someone) and cause that person to fall to the ground
American football or rugby : to force (the player with the ball) to fall to the ground
soccer, field hockey, etc. : to try to get the ball from (an opposing player who has it)


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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