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English definition of “challenge”

challenge

verb [T] (ASK TO COMPETE)   /ˈtʃæl·əndʒ/
to invite someone to take part in a competition: The other candidates challenged the president to take part in a debate.
(Definition of challenge verb (ASK TO COMPETE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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