English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'tackle'

(noun) 
Definition
an attempt to get the ball away from an opposing player
a tackle by a full-back
Synonyms
(noun) 
Definition
the equipment required for a particular sport or occupation
fishing tackle
Synonyms
gear
fishing gear
,
equipment
Exports of military equipment are banned.
,
kit
The kit consisted of about twenty cosmetic items.
,
apparatus
He was rescued by firefighters wearing breathing apparatus.
,
tools
,
implements
,
outfit
She was wearing an outfit we'd bought the previous day.
, ,
paraphernalia
a large courtyard full of builders' paraphernalia
,
(noun) 
Definition
a set of ropes and pulleys for lifting heavy weights
I finally hoisted him up with a block and tackle.
Synonyms
,
rigging
,
(verb) 
Definition
to deal with (a problem or task) in a determined way
We need to tackle these problems and save people's lives.
Synonyms
deal with
,
take on
,
set about
,
wade into
,
get stuck into (informal)
,
sink your teeth into
,
apply yourself to
,
come or get to grips with
,
step up to the plate (informal)
(verb) 
Definition
to deal with (a problem or task) in a determined way
She is quite good at DIY and wants to tackle the job herself.
Synonyms
undertake
She undertook the arduous task of monitoring the elections.
,
deal with
,
attempt
We attempted to do something like that here.
,
try
He secretly tried to block her advancement in the Party.
, ,
essay (formal)
She essayed a smile, but it was a dismal failure.
,
engage in
,
embark upon
,
get stuck into (informal)
,
turn your hand to
,
have a go or stab at (informal)
,
take the bit between your teeth
(verb) 
Definition
to confront (someone) about something
I tackled him about how he could tolerate such behaviour.
Synonyms
confront
We are learning how to confront problems.
,
speak to
,
face up to
You must face the truth that the relationship has ended.
,
question
A man is being questioned by police.
,
cross-examine
The accused's lawyers will get a chance to cross-examine him.
,
accost
I told them that a man had accosted me in the street.
,
remonstrate with
,
waylay
He was forever waylaying me for chats in the corridor.
(verb) 
Definition
to attempt to get the ball away from (an opposing player)
He tackled the quarter-back.
Synonyms
intercept
Gunmen intercepted them on the way to the airport.
,
block
The goalie blocked two shots.
,
bring down
,
stop
I think she really would have liked to stop everything right there.
,
challenge
The move was immediately challenged by the opposition.
(verb) 
Definition
to attack and fight (a person or animal)
The man tackled him, pushing him into the dirt.
Synonyms
grab
I managed to grab her hand.
,
stop
The car failed to stop at an army checkpoint.
, ,
seize
an otter seizing a fish
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halt
They halted at a short distance from the house.
,
grasp
He grasped both my hands.
,
clutch
I staggered and had to clutch at a chair for support.
,
take hold of

Additional synonyms

in the sense of accost
Definition
to approach, stop, and speak to
I told them that a man had accosted me in the street.
in the sense of apparatus
Definition
a collection of equipment used for a particular purpose
He was rescued by firefighters wearing breathing apparatus.
Synonyms
materials,
tools,
implements,
utensils,
contraption (informal)
in the sense of attempt
Definition
to make an effort (to do or achieve something)
We attempted to do something like that here.
Synonyms
try,
aim,
take on,
essay (formal),
have a go at (informal),
make an effort,
make an attempt,
have a crack at,
have a shot at (informal),
try your hand at,
do your best to,
jump through hoops (informal),
have a stab at (informal),
take the bit between your teeth

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