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Meaning of “tackle” in the English Dictionary

"tackle" in British English

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tackleverb

uk   us   /ˈtæk.l̩/
  • tackle verb (DEAL WITH)

B2 [T] to ​try to ​deal with something or someone: There are many ​ways of tackling this ​problem. I tackled him about his ​carelesswork.

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  • tackle verb (SPORT)

B2 [I or T] (​especially in ​football or hockey) to ​try to take the ​ball from a ​player in the other ​team, or (in rugby or American ​football) to do this by taking ​hold of the ​player and making them ​fall

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tacklenoun

uk   us   /ˈtæk.l̩/
(Definition of tackle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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tackleverb [T]

 us   /ˈtæk·əl/
  • tackle verb [T] (KNOCK DOWN)

to ​catch and ​knock down someone who is ​running, esp. in the ​game of ​football: All four ​players were ​unable to tackle the ​quarterback before he ​scored a ​touchdown.
  • tackle verb [T] (ATTACK)

to ​attack or to ​deal with something: There are many ​ways of tackling this ​problem.

tacklenoun

 us   /ˈtæk·əl/
  • tackle noun (EQUIPMENT)

[U] the ​equipment used in ​fishing or to ​lift or ​raise things on a ​ship
  • tackle noun (KNOCKING DOWN)

[C] an ​act of ​knocking someone down, or a ​footballplayer who is ​supposed to do this: A ​flying tackle ​brought him down. He’s an ​offensive/​defensive tackle.
(Definition of tackle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"tackle" in Business English

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tackleverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈtækl/
to ​try to ​deal with something: The first thing the new ​government must do is to tackle ​inflation. tackle a ​crisis/​question/problem I ​felt that the whole ​subject was too ​sensitive to tackle.
to ​talk to someone about a difficult ​situation, usually because you ​disagree with them: tackle sb on/about sth I was ​determined to tackle my ​boss on the way I had been ​treated.
(Definition of tackle from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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