tackle - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participletackling
past tensetackled
past participletackled
  1. 1
    [transitive] to make an organized and determined attempt to deal with a problem, often a social problem such as crime or unemployment

    a new initiative to tackle the shortage of teachers

    1. a.
      to try to put out a large fire

      There were over 50 firefighters tackling the blaze.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to try to take the ball from an opponent in a game such as football
  3. 3
    [transitive] to take hold of someone and push them to the ground
    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to take hold of an opponent in a game such as rugby or American football and stop them from moving forwards, usually by forcing them to the ground
  4. 4
    [transitive] to ask someone questions in a very direct way, because you disagree with them and you want them to explain their opinions or behaviour
    tackle someone about something:

    The interviewer tackled him about his failed economic policies.

    1. a.
      to oppose a person or organization

      They’re too powerful for you to tackle on your own.