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 The Ravens now have one starting-level tackle on their roster. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens draft roundtable: With Orlando Brown Jr. traded, what happens in the first round?," 26 Apr. 2021 That came after the former three-star recruit tallied at least one tackle for a loss during a dominant performance from the first-team defense in the Tide’s scrimmage on April 11. Matt Zenitz | Mzenitz@al.com, al, "5 lesser-known Alabama players who generated buzz this spring," 18 Apr. 2021 Senior safety Thomas McNamara had a strong night on defense, registering seven tackles and one tackle for loss. oregonlive, "Beyond the box scores, final edition: A big-picture look at high school football stories the stat sheets miss," 16 Apr. 2021 One tackle expected to go in the first round is Alabama’s Christian Barmore. cleveland, "Browns release Sheldon Richardson after Jadeveon Clowney signs, saving $12 million: ‘It was just starting to feel like home’," 16 Apr. 2021 In 2020, Horn started the first seven games and had 16 tackles, one tackle for loss, two interceptions and six pass breakups. Rob Reischel, Forbes, "South Carolina’s Jaycee Horn Could Make The Green Bay Packers’ Secondary Dominant," 7 Apr. 2021 That leaves one tackle and one guard spot to be filled, with linemen such as Alejandro Villanueva and Reilly Reiff available. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Chargers line up replacements in free agency, but did they get better?," 18 Mar. 2021 Ochaun Mathis led the way last season with nine sacks and recorded at least one tackle for loss in all but one game. Dallas News, "Position outlooks: What to expect from Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Baylor, TCU and UNT in 2021," 25 Feb. 2021 Maldonado appeared in three games last season for Northwestern, recording one tackle. Michael Lev, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona football: Jeff Fisch's Wildcats busy on National Signing Day," 3 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The only linemen who played a greater percentage of their teams’ defensive snaps than Payne were Watt and Los Angeles Rams tackle Aaron Donald. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Washington secures Daron Payne for 2022 NFL season," 27 Apr. 2021 It's perceived that their biggest needs are at edge rusher and tackle, and these mock drafts envision the Colts addressing one of those spots, but each with a different player. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, "NFL Draft 2021: Colts could easily draft a pass rusher, a pass protector or trade the pick," 27 Apr. 2021 Leatherwood is healthier than college teammate Landon Dickerson and can play guard or tackle right away. BostonGlobe.com, "2021 NFL mock draft: See who Ben Volin thinks the Patriots will pick," 26 Apr. 2021 Try the steep 5-mile-round-trip Bird Ridge for expansive views of Turnagain Arm, or tackle the 12-mile loop to Eagle and Symphony Lakes, which are two different shades of blue and green, one mint-hued and the other aquamarine. Bailey Berg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where to Eat, Stay, and Play in Anchorage," 23 Apr. 2021 This is an excellent time to put pet projects into motion or tackle your business affairs, since your insight about finances and your good judgment about people is likely at a peak. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for April 22, 2021: Aries, your accuracy can be rewarding; Pisces, minor misunderstanding causes worry," 22 Apr. 2021 One of the best ways to do this is to break key projects into quarterly objectives and reach a team agreement on what to tackle and assign specific timetables. Nj Falk, Forbes, "5 Ways To Become A Better Virtual Team Leader And Unlock Your Inner Potential," 21 Apr. 2021 The proposal would upgrade the country's drinking water, wastewater and stormwater systems, tackle new contaminants and support clean water infrastructure in rural parts of the country. Tami Luhby, Katie Lobosco And Kate Sullivan, CNN, "Here's what's in Biden's infrastructure proposal," 21 Apr. 2021 Cognitive behavioral therapy allows individuals to identify their anxiety pattern and tackle this by reframing thinking and engaging in healthy behaviors. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "People Are 'Languishing' as the COVID-19 Pandemic Continues—Here's What That Means," 21 Apr. 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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28 Apr 2021

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“Tackle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tackle. Accessed 7 May. 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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