Meaning of “dovetail” in the English Dictionary

"dovetail" in British English

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dovetailnoun [ C ]

/ˈdʌv.teɪl/ /ˈdʌv.teɪl/ also dovetail joint specialized

a type of joint used to fix two pieces of wood firmly together

dovetailverb [ I or T ]

uk /ˈdʌv.teɪl/ us /ˈdʌv.teɪl/

(Definition of “dovetail” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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dovetailverb [ I/T ]

us /ˈdʌvˌteɪl/

to fit together well, or to cause something to fit together well with something else:

[ I ] Our plans dovetailed, and we were able to meet that evening.

(Definition of “dovetail” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)