1. ergative reciprocal verb & verb If two things dovetail or if one thing dovetails with another, the two things fit together neatly or have some common characteristics. [V] ⇒ I'm following up a few things that might dovetail. [V + with] ⇒ ...an attempt to look for areas where U.S. interests can dovetail with Japanese concerns. [V n] ⇒ It is important that we dovetail our respective interests. [V n with n] ⇒ The management of local affairs should dovetail regional interests with those of the country as a whole.
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