Definitions for challengeˈtʃæl ɪndʒ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

chal•lengeˈtʃæl ɪndʒ(n.; v.)-lenged, -leng•ing.

  1. (n.)a summons to engage in contest, as of skill or strength.

  2. something that by its nature or character serves as a serious test:

    Space exploration offers a challenge to humankind.

  3. a call to fight, as in a duel.

  4. a demand to explain, justify, etc.

  5. difficulty in a job or undertaking that is stimulating to one engaged in it.

  6. the demand of a military sentry for identification or a countersign.

    Category: Military

  7. a formal objection to the qualifications of a juror or jury.

    Category: Law

  8. the assertion that a vote is invalid or that a voter is not legally qualified.

    Category: Government

  9. the assessment of a specific function in an organism by exposing it to a provocative substance or activity.

    Category: Medicine, Laboratory Biology

  10. (v.t.)to summon to a contest.

  11. to take exception to; call in question.

  12. to demand as something due or rightful.

  13. to halt and demand identification or a countersign from.

    Category: Military

  14. to take formal exception to (a juror or jury).

    Category: Law

  15. to invite; arouse:

    a matter which challenges attention.

  16. to assert that (a vote) is invalid.

    Category: Government

  17. to assert that (a voter) is not qualified to vote.

    Category: Government

  18. to inject (an organism) with a specific substance to assess its physiological or immunological activity.

    Category: Medicine, Laboratory Biology

  19. (v.i.)to issue a challenge.

Origin of challenge:

1175–1225; ME chalenge < OF chalonge < L calumniacalumny


Princeton's WordNet

  1. challenge(noun)

    a demanding or stimulating situation

    "they reacted irrationally to the challenge of Russian power"

  2. challenge(noun)

    a call to engage in a contest or fight

  3. challenge(noun)

    questioning a statement and demanding an explanation

    "his challenge of the assumption that Japan is still our enemy"

  4. challenge(noun)

    a formal objection to the selection of a particular person as a juror

  5. challenge(verb)

    a demand by a sentry for a password or identification

  6. challenge, dispute, gainsay(verb)

    take exception to

    "She challenged his claims"

  7. challenge(verb)

    issue a challenge to

    "Fischer challenged Spassky to a match"

  8. challenge(verb)

    ask for identification

    "The illegal immigrant was challenged by the border guard"

  9. challenge, take exception(verb)

    raise a formal objection in a court of law

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. challenge(noun)ˈtʃæl ɪndʒ

    sth you need all your skill and effort to do

    Finishing in 12 hours will be a challenge.; the challenge of climbing to the top; to face great challenges

  2. challengeˈtʃæl ɪndʒ

    to succeed

    I'm certain we can meet the challenge.

  3. challengeˈtʃæl ɪndʒ

    an action showing you do not accept sth

    He saw the comment as a challenge to his religious faith.

  4. challengeˈtʃæl ɪndʒ

    a suggestion to have a competition

    to accept a challenge

  5. challenge(verb)ˈtʃæl ɪndʒ

    to not accept sth as being right or true

    to challenge her decision to fire him; airlines challenged on canceled flights

  6. challengeˈtʃæl ɪndʒ

    to do sth that requires all your skill and effort

    a game that challenges your brain

  7. challengeˈtʃæl ɪndʒ

    to dare sb to do sth

    She challenged the mayor to tackle urban crime.


  1. challenge(Noun)

    An instigation or antagonization intended to convince a person to perform an action they otherwise would not.

  2. challenge(Noun)

    A difficult task, especially one that the person making the attempt finds more enjoyable because of that difficulty.

  3. challenge(Noun)

    A judge's interest in the result of the case for which he or she should not be allowed to sit the case, e.g. a conflict of interest.

    Consanguinity in direct line is a challenge for a judge when he or she is sitting cases.

  4. challenge(Noun)

    The act of appealing a ruling or decision of a court of administrative agency.

  5. challenge(Noun)

    The act of seeking to remove a judge, arbitrator or other judicial or semi-judicial figure for reasons of alleged bias or incapacity.

    We're still waiting to hear how the court rules on our challenge of the arbitrator based on conflict of interest.

  6. challenge(Noun)

    An attempt to take possession; a tackle

  7. challenge(Verb)

    To invite someone to take part in a competition.

  8. challenge(Verb)

    To dare someone.

  9. challenge(Verb)

    To dispute something.

  10. challenge(Verb)

    To make a formal objection to a juror.

  11. Origin: From chalonge, chalenge, from calumnia.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Challenge(noun)

    an invitation to engage in a contest or controversy of any kind; a defiance; specifically, a summons to fight a duel; also, the letter or message conveying the summons

  2. Challenge(noun)

    the act of a sentry in halting any one who appears at his post, and demanding the countersign

  3. Challenge(noun)

    a claim or demand

  4. Challenge(noun)

    the opening and crying of hounds at first finding the scent of their game

  5. Challenge(noun)

    an exception to a juror or to a member of a court martial, coupled with a demand that he should be held incompetent to act; the claim of a party that a certain person or persons shall not sit in trial upon him or his cause

  6. Challenge(noun)

    an exception to a person as not legally qualified to vote. The challenge must be made when the ballot is offered

  7. Challenge(noun)

    to call to a contest of any kind; to call to answer; to defy

  8. Challenge(noun)

    to call, invite, or summon to answer for an offense by personal combat

  9. Challenge(noun)

    to claim as due; to demand as a right

  10. Challenge(noun)

    to censure; to blame

  11. Challenge(noun)

    to question or demand the countersign from (one who attempts to pass the lines); as, the sentinel challenged us, with "Who comes there?"

  12. Challenge(noun)

    to take exception to; question; as, to challenge the accuracy of a statement or of a quotation

  13. Challenge(noun)

    to object to or take exception to, as to a juror, or member of a court

  14. Challenge(noun)

    to object to the reception of the vote of, as on the ground that the person in not qualified as a voter

  15. Challenge(verb)

    to assert a right; to claim a place


  1. Challenge

    Challenge is a United Kingdom digital TV channel that mostly airs programmes dedicated to game shows. It is owned by BSkyB. The channel mostly transmits repeats of programmes acquired from UK terrestrial channel archives and a few from around the world, with a few original productions commissioned by the channel itself, or co-commissioned with another broadcaster.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. challenge

    Any process carried out by one unit or person with the object of ascertaining the friendly or hostile character or identity of another. See also countersign; password.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'challenge' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1959

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'challenge' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3221

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'challenge' in Nouns Frequency: #743

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'challenge' in Verbs Frequency: #482

Translations for challenge

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an invitation to a contest

He accepted his brother's challenge to a fight.

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