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challenge

noun
 
 
/ˈtʃælɪndʒ/
DIFFICULT [C, U] B1 something that is difficult and that tests someone's ability or determination: Finding a decision that pleases everyone is the challenge which now faces the committee. It was the element of challenge which attracted me to the job.Competing and contending (non-sporting)Competing in sport
INVITATION [C] an invitation to compete in a game or a fight: I'm sure Paul will race you. He never refuses a challenge.Competing and contending (non-sporting)Competing in sport
DISAGREEMENT [C] an expression of disagreement with ideas, rules, or someone's authority: a challenge to the authority of the PresidentArguments and disagreements
(Definition of challenge noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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