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tackle

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noun tack·le \ ˈta-kəl , naut often ˈtā- \

Definition of tackle

1 :a set of the equipment used in a particular activity :gear
  • fishing tackle
2 a :a ship's rigging
b :an assemblage of ropes and pulleys arranged to gain mechanical advantage for hoisting and pulling
3 a :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

Examples of tackle in a Sentence

  1. a box for fishing tackle

  2. He made two tackles in the first half.

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Origin and Etymology of tackle

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

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tackle

verb

Definition of tackle

tackled; tackling play \-k(ə-)liŋ\
transitive verb
1 a :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

tackler

play \-k(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of tackle in a Sentence

  1. The police officer tackled him as he tried to escape.

  2. He was tackled at the line of scrimmage.

  3. I'll tackle my homework later.

  4. We found new ways to tackle the problem.

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First Known Use of tackle

1600

tackle Synonyms

Synonyms
dive (into), attack, wade (in or into)
Related Words
address, approach, face; buckle (down to), concentrate (on), focus (on), knuckle down (to), zero (in on); fall (to), pitch in, plunge (in), settle (down); pursue, take up, undertake
Near Antonyms
avoid, evade, shun; dally, dawdle, dillydally, fiddle (around), fool, idle, lag, mess, monkey (around), play, poke, potter (around), putter (around), trifle

TACKLE Defined for English Language Learners

tackle

verb

Definition of tackle for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


TACKLE Defined for Kids

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tackle

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verb tack·le \ ˈta-kəl \

Definition of tackle for Students

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

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tackle

noun

Definition of tackle for Students

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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