[tak-uhl or for 2–4, tey-kuhl]
equipment, apparatus, or gear, especially for fishing: fishing tackle.
a mechanism or apparatus, as a rope and block or a combination of ropes and blocks, for hoisting, lowering, and shifting objects or materials; purchase.
any system of leverage using several pulleys.
Nautical. the gear and running rigging for handling a ship or performing some task on a ship.
an act of tackling, as in football; a seizing, grasping, or bringing down.
either of the linemen stationed between a guard and an end.
the position played by this lineman.
(formerly) tack1 ( def 8 ).
verb (used with object), tackled, tackling.
to undertake to handle, master, solve, etc.: to tackle a difficult problem.
to deal with (a person) on some problem, issue, etc.
to harness (a horse).
Football. to seize, stop, or throw down (a ball-carrier).
Soccer, Field Hockey. to block or impede the movement or progress of (an opponent having the ball) with the result of depriving the opponent of the ball.
to seize suddenly, especially in order to stop.
verb (used without object), tackled, tackling.
Football. to tackle an opponent having the ball.

1200–50; Middle English takel gear, apparatus < Middle Low German; akin to take

tackler, noun
retackle, verb (used with object), retackled, retackling.
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tackle (ˈtækəl, often nautical ˈteɪkəl)
1.  any mechanical system for lifting or pulling, esp an arrangement of ropes and pulleys designed to lift heavy weights
2.  the equipment required for a particular occupation, etc: fishing tackle
3.  nautical the halyards and other running rigging aboard a vessel
4.  slang a man's genitals
5.  sport a physical challenge to an opponent, as to prevent his progress with the ball
6.  American football a defensive lineman
7.  (tr) to undertake (a task, problem, etc)
8.  (tr) to confront (a person, esp an opponent) with a difficult proposition
9.  sport (esp in football games) to challenge (an opponent) with a tackle
[C13: related to Middle Low German takel ship's rigging, Middle Dutch taken to take]

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Word Origin & History

mid-13c., "apparatus, gear," from M.Du. or M.L.G. takel "the rigging of a ship," perhaps related to M.Du. taken "grasp, seize" (see take), or perhaps from root of tack (1). Meaning "apparatus for fishing" is recorded from late 14c. The noun meaning
"act of tackling" in the sporting sense is recorded from 1876 (see tackle (v.)); as the name of a position in Amer. football, it is recorded from 1891.

mid-14c., "entangle, involve," from tackle (n.). Sense of "to furnish (a ship) with tackles" is from c.1400; meaning "to harness a horse" is recorded from 1714. The meaning "lay hold of, come to grips with, attack" is attested from 1828, described by Webster that year as
"a common popular use of the word in New England, though not elegant;" fig. sense of "try to deal with" (a task or problem) is from 1840. The verb in the sporting sense first recorded 1884.
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Example sentences
Lots of other people have tackled it over the years and failed.
Everyone can touch the ball and everyone can be tackled if they have the ball.
After you make a tackle or get tackled the play isn't over, get up and keep
Climate change is a multi-faceted problem and needs to be tackled on many
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