tack - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participletacking
past tensetacked
past participletacked
  1. 1
    [transitive] to fix something somewhere with a small nail

    The wooden strips have to be tacked down.

    1. a.
      to pin something such as a piece of paper on a wall or board etc

      She tacked up the photograph on the bulletin board.

  2. 2
    [transitive] British to stitch pieces of cloth together with long loose stitches, usually before you stitch the cloth more carefully
  3. 3
    [intransitive] if a boat tacks, it turns so that the wind is blowing on the other side of its sails

phrasal verbs