tackle

[ tak-uhl or, for 2-4, tey-kuhl ]
/ ˈtæk əl or, for 2-4, ˈteɪ kəl /

noun

verb (used with object), tack·led, tack·ling.

verb (used without object), tack·led, tack·ling.

Football. to tackle an opponent having the ball.

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Origin of tackle

1200–50; Middle English takel gear, apparatus <Middle Low German; akin to take

OTHER WORDS FROM tackle

tackler, nounre·tack·le, verb (used with object), re·tack·led, re·tack·ling.
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British Dictionary definitions for tackle

tackle
/ (ˈtækəl, often nautical ˈteɪkəl) /

noun

verb

Derived forms of tackle

tackler, noun

Word Origin for tackle

C13: related to Middle Low German takel ship's rigging, Middle Dutch taken to take
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