Meaning of “challenging” in the English Dictionary

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"challenging" in British English

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uk /ˈtʃæl.ɪn.dʒɪŋ/ us /ˈtʃæl.ɪn.dʒɪŋ/

B1 difficult, in a way that tests your ability or determination:

This has been a challenging time for us all.

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  • He resigned from the company in order to take a more challenging job.
  • She doesn't find the general knowledge crossword challenging enough.
  • You did that so well that I'm going to give you something a bit more challenging to do this time.
  • It's when you find yourself in a really challenging situation that you find out what you are capable of.
  • Some of the scenes were extremely challenging for an inexperienced actor.

(Definition of “challenging” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"challenging" in Business English

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uk /ˈtʃæləndʒɪŋ/ us

difficult to deal with or achieve, especially in a way that forces you to prove your skill or determination to succeed:

a challenging and exciting job that will offer you the freedom to develop your skills
The year ahead will be challenging for us all.

(Definition of “challenging” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)