Meaning of “tackle” in the English Dictionary

"tackle" in British English

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tackleverb

uk /ˈtæk.əl/ us /ˈtæk.əl/

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 /ˈtæk.əl/ us /ˈtæk.əl/

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

"tackle" in American English

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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 football player 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 /ˈtækl/ us

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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