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verb tackle pronunciation in American English /ˈtæk(ə)l/
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present tense
I/you/we/theytackle
he/she/ittackles
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
    Successive governments have failed to tackle the question of homelessness.
    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.
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  2. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to try to take the ball from an opponent in a game such as soccer
  3. 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 behavior
    tackle someone about something: The interviewer tackled him about his failed economic policies.
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    1. a.
      to oppose a person or organization
      They’re too powerful for you to tackle on your own.

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