What does challenge mean?

Definitions for challenge
ˈtʃæl ɪndʒchal·lenge

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. challengenoun

    a demanding or stimulating situation

    "they reacted irrationally to the challenge of Russian power"

  2. challengenoun

    a call to engage in a contest or fight

  3. challengenoun

    questioning a statement and demanding an explanation

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

  4. challengenoun

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

  5. challengeverb

    a demand by a sentry for a password or identification

  6. challenge, dispute, gainsayverb

    take exception to

    "She challenged his claims"

  7. challengeverb

    issue a challenge to

    "Fischer challenged Spassky to a match"

  8. challengeverb

    ask for identification

    "The illegal immigrant was challenged by the border guard"

  9. challenge, take exceptionverb

    raise a formal objection in a court of law

Wiktionary

  1. challengenoun

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

  2. challengenoun

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

  3. challengenoun

    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. challengenoun

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

  5. challengenoun

    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. challengenoun

    An attempt to take possession; a tackle

  7. challengeverb

    To invite someone to take part in a competition.

  8. challengeverb

    To dare someone.

  9. challengeverb

    To dispute something.

  10. challengeverb

    To make a formal objection to a juror.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Challengenoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    I never in my life
    Did hear a challenge urg’d more modestly. William Shakespeare, H. IV.

    There must be no challenge of superiority, or discountenancing of freedom. Jeremy Collier, of Friendship.

    You are mine enemy, I make my challenge,
    You shall not be my judge. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

  2. To CHALLENGEverb

    Etymology: chalenger, Fr.

    The prince of Wales stept forth before the king,
    And, nephew, challeng’d you to single fight. William Shakespeare, H. IV.

    Thus form’d for speed, he challenges the wind,
    And leaves the Scythian arrow far behind;
    He scours along the field with loosen’d reins. Dryden.

    I challenge any man to make any pretence to power by right of fatherhood, either intelligible or possible. John Locke.

    Were the grac’d person of our Banquo present,
    Whom I may rather challenge for unkindness. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Though only twelve are sworn, yet twenty four are to be returned, to supply the defects or want of appearance of those that are challenged off, or make default. Matthew Hale, Common Law.

    The utter disturbance of that divine order, whereby the pre-eminence of chiefest acceptation is by the best things worthily challenged. Richard Hooker, b. i. § 7.

    Which of you, shall we say, doth love us most?
    That we our largest bounty may extend,
    Where nature doth with merit challenge. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    And so much duty as my mother shew’d
    To you, preferring you before her father;
    So much I challenge, that I may profess
    Due to the moor, my lord. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    Had you not been their father, these white flakes
    Did challenge pity of them. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    So when a tyger sucks the bullocks blood,
    A famish’d lion, issuing from the wood,
    Roars loudly fierce, and challenges the food. John Dryden, Fables.

    Hast thou yet drawn o’er young Juba?
    That still would recommend thee more to Cæsar,
    And challenge better terms. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    I will now challenge you of your promise, to give me certain rules as to the principles of blazonry. Henry Peacham, on Drawing.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Challengenoun

    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. Challengenoun

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

  3. Challengenoun

    a claim or demand

  4. Challengenoun

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

  5. Challengenoun

    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. Challengenoun

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

  7. Challengenoun

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

  8. Challengenoun

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

  9. Challengenoun

    to claim as due; to demand as a right

  10. Challengenoun

    to censure; to blame

  11. Challengenoun

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

  12. Challengenoun

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

  13. Challengenoun

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

  14. Challengenoun

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

  15. Challengeverb

    to assert a right; to claim a place

  16. Etymology: [OE. chalengen to accuse, claim, OF. chalengier, chalongier, to claim, accuse, dispute, fr. L. calumniar to attack with false accusations. See Challenge, n., and cf. Calumniate.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Challenge

    chal′enj, v.t. to call on one to settle a matter by fighting or by any kind of contest: to claim as one's own: to accuse; to object to.—n. a summons to a contest of any kind, but esp. a duel: a calling of any one or anything in question: exception to a juror: the demand of a sentry.—adj. Chall′engeable, that may be challenged.—n. Chall′enger, one who challenges to a combat of any kind: a claimant: one who objects, calls in question. [O. Fr. chalenge, a dispute, a claim—L. calumnia, a false accusation—calvi, calvĕre, to deceive.]

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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. challenge

    The demand of a sentinel to any one who approaches his post. Also, the defiance to fight.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. challenge

    The act of a sentinel in questioning or demanding the countersign from those who appear at his post.

  2. challenge

    See Appendix, Articles of War, 26, 27, and 28.

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of challenge in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of challenge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of challenge in a Sentence

  1. David Stevenson:

    Hearing from the relatives of people who have suffered abuse and neglect in nursing homes will be incredibly important and powerful, and also hearing from industry leaders and researchers and those who are engaged in nursing home oversight and accountability I think will be really important, the big challenge of abuse and neglect in nursing homes is, I think, it has been persistent over a number of years.

  2. Joe Biden:

    They hate that worldview because it's a challenge to their worldview of dominion, religious faith is a natural check on their power – and Christianity specifically is that – so if you're a Christian conservative – holy smokes, you, on a gut-level, feel threatened.

  3. Matt Bennett:

    The fact is, taxes on the wealthy have gone up quite a bit under Obama, part of her challenge is figuring out where to give Obama credit and where to help take credit as a Democrat.

  4. Irene Ekonga:

    Response is our greatest challenge, we're operating in the normal way but [ Covid-19 ] has escalated the problem. We were not prepared, but we try.

  5. Phil Trieb:

    [I]f we won’t choose to pay the price of liberty, then by default we shall suffer the cost of servitude -- whether it be the iron chains of a tyrannical oligarchy or the regulatory chains of unelected, faceless bureaucrats. When we witness our neighbors abused by tyrants, will we skulk away and hope we’re not next? Or will we stand by them and challenge -- as freedom-loving Americans -- the tyranny of lawless leaders.

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