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"challenge" in British English

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challengenoun

uk   us   /ˈtʃæl.ɪndʒ/

challenge noun (DIFFICULT JOB)

B1 [C or U] (the ​situation of being ​faced with) something that ​needsgreatmental or ​physicaleffort in ​order to be done ​successfully and ​thereforetests 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 ​difficultjob but I'm ​sure she'll rise to the challenge.
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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 ​yourplate." "Is that a challenge?" [+ to infinitive] She issued a challenge to her ​rivalcandidates to take ​part in a ​publicdebate.
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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, ​itsfindings are ​open to challenge.

challenge noun (INSTRUCTION)

[C] an ​instruction given by a ​soldier or ​guard at a ​border or ​gate, ​telling someone to ​stand still and say ​theirname and ​reasons for being there

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 ​trialbegins.

challengeverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈtʃæl.ɪndʒ/

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 ​poker
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challenge verb [T] (DOUBT)

B2 to ​question if something is ​true or ​legal: Children challenge ​theirparents' ​authorityfar more ​nowadays than they did in the past.
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challenge verb [T] (TEST)

to ​test someone's ​ability or ​determination

challenge verb [T] (STOP)

to ​tell someone at a ​border or ​gate to ​stand still and say ​theirname and ​reasons for being there

challenge verb [T] (REFUSE TO ACCEPT)

specialized law to ​refuse to ​accept someone as a ​member of a jury
(Definition of challenge from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"challenge" in American English

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challengenoun

 us   /ˈtʃæl·əndʒ/

challenge noun (DIFFICULT JOB)

[C/U] something ​needinggreatmental or ​physicaleffort in ​order to be done ​successfully, or the ​situation of ​facing this ​kind of ​effort: [C] It’s a challenge being in a ​marriage when both ​partners have ​high-pressurejobs. [C] No ​matter how ​long you write, ​poetryremains a challenge. [C] Germany ​facesbroad challenges in the coming ​years.

challenge noun (EXPRESSION OF DOUBT)

[C/U] a questioning or ​expression of ​doubt about the ​truth or ​purpose of something, or the ​right of a ​person to have or do something: [U] Because of the way this ​research was done, ​itsfindings are ​open to challenge. [C] The ​president is ​clearlyanticipating a new challenge to his ​authority.

challenge noun (COMPETITION)

[C] something that ​competes with you or is a ​threat: The ​governorbarelysurvived a challenge from an ​unknownopponent in the ​primary.
challenging
adjective  us   /ˈtʃæl·ən·dʒɪŋ/
For a ​reporter, ​covering the ​WhiteHouse is a challenging ​assignment.

challengeverb [T]

 us   /ˈtʃæl·əndʒ/

challenge verb [T] (ASK TO COMPETE)

to ​invite someone to take ​part in a ​competition: The other ​candidates challenged the ​president to take ​part in a ​debate.

challenge verb [T] (PRESENT A DIFFICULT TEST)

to ​presenttasks to someone that need ​greatmental or ​physicaleffort in ​order to be done ​successfully: It’s ​easy enough to ​crank out ​collegegraduates, but a good ​education should really challenge them.

challenge verb [T] (EXPRESS DOUBT)

to ​express or ​representdoubt about the ​truth of something: Advanced ​computers challenge long-held ​notions about ​intelligence and ​thought.
(Definition of challenge from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"challenge" in Business English

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challengenoun

uk   us   /ˈtʃælɪndʒ/
[C or U] a ​job, ​duty, or ​situation that is difficult because you must use a lot of ​effort, ​determination, and ​skill in ​order to be ​successful: accept/face/meet a challenge After significant ​losses last ​year, the ​company now faces the challenge of ​trying to ​repair its ​reputation with ​investors.be/pose/present a challenge The ​weakness of the ​dollar could pose a challenge to the company's ​expansionplans. As a ​softwaredeveloper he enjoys the challenge ofworking with ​cutting-edgetechnology. She was getting bored at ​work and ​felt she needed a new challenge. Finding ​time to do the ​work has ​proven a ​real challenge. a big/​major/serious challenge
[C] an ​invitation for someone to ​compete against you or for you to prove that you can ​achieve a particular ​goal: challenge from sb Responding to a challenge from dissident ​shareholders, the ​boardapproved a ​number of ​steps to ​enhanceshareholdervalue.
[C] an ​act of ​asking whether something is ​true or ​legal, or whether someone has the ​authority or ​right to do something: mount/launch a challenge against Unions are ​planning to ​launch a ​legal challenge against the ​airline for ​changing the ​workschedules of 14,000 cabin ​crew.

challengeverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈtʃælɪndʒ/
to ​officiallyquestion whether something is ​true or ​legal, or whether someone has the ​authority or ​right to do something: Keep ​copies of all written ​correspondence to ​support your ​case if the ​company later challenges you for further ​payment. Corporate ​lawyers challenged the ​ban, but the ​courtupheld it last ​year.
to ​compete against someone or ​ask them to prove that they can ​achieve a particular ​goal: challenge sb to do sth Consumers are challenging ​manufacturers to ​adoptgreenerpolicies.
to encourage someone to ​increase their ​skills, ​determination, ​abilities, etc. by making them do something new or difficult: People are just looking for ​jobs that will challenge and inspire them.
to cause difficulties for someone or something: Local ​businesses have been greatly challenged by the ​recession.
(Definition of challenge from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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