tackle

[ tak-uh l or for 2–4, tey-kuh l ]
/ 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.

Nearby words

  1. tackboard,
  2. tacker,
  3. tacket,
  4. tackie,
  5. tackies,
  6. tackling,
  7. tacksman,
  8. tacky,
  9. tacloban,
  10. tacmahack

Origin of tackle

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

Related formstack·ler, 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 Formstackler, noun

Word Origin for tackle

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

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