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challenge

noun uk   /ˈtʃæl.ɪndʒ/ us  

challenge noun (DIFFICULT JOB)

B1 [C or U] (the situation of being faced with) something that needs great mental or physical effort in order to be done successfully and therefore tests a person's ability: Finding a solution to this problem is one of the greatest challenges faced by scientists today. You know me - I like a challenge. It's going to be a difficult job but I'm sure she'll rise to the challenge.Complicated and difficult to doDifficult to understandDifficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters

challenge noun (INVITATION)

[C] an invitation to compete or take part, especially in a game or argument: "I bet you can't eat all that food on your plate." "Is that a challenge?" [+ to infinitive] She issued a challenge to her rival candidates to take part in a public debate.Competing and contending (non-sporting)Competing in sport

challenge noun (QUESTION)

C2 [C or U] asking if something is true or legal: The result of the vote poses a serious challenge to the government's credibility. Because of the way this research was conducted, its findings are open to challenge.Suspecting and questioningQuestioning people and asking questions in generalCuriosity

challenge noun (INSTRUCTION)

[C] an instruction given by a soldier or guard at a border or gate, telling someone to stand still and say their name and reasons for being thereThe armed forces generally

challenge noun (REFUSAL)

[C] specialized law the act of refusing to accept someone as a member of a jury: A challenge to a member of the jury should be made before the trial begins.Refusing and rejectingJudges and juries

challenge

verb [T] uk   /ˈtʃæl.ɪndʒ/ us  

challenge verb [T] (INVITE)

to invite someone to compete or take part, especially in a game or argument: Tina has challenged me to a game of pokerCompeting and contending (non-sporting)Competing in sport

challenge verb [T] (DOUBT)

B2 to question if something is true or legal: Children challenge their parents' authority far more nowadays than they did in the past.Suspecting and questioningQuestioning people and asking questions in generalCuriosity

challenge verb [T] (TEST)

to test someone's ability or determinationMaking people excited and interestedInspiration and inspiring

challenge verb [T] (STOP)

to tell someone at a border or gate to stand still and say their name and reasons for being thereSuspecting and questioningQuestioning people and asking questions in generalCuriosity

challenge verb [T] (REFUSE TO ACCEPT)

specialized law to refuse to accept someone as a member of a juryRefusing and rejectingJudges and juries
(Definition of challenge from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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