What does challenge mean?

Definitions for challenge
ˈtʃæl ɪndʒchal·lenge

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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

Wiktionary

  1. challenge(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From chalonge, chalenge, from calumnia.

  2. challenge(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From chalonge, chalenge, from calumnia.

  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.

    Etymology: From chalonge, chalenge, from calumnia.

  4. challenge(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From chalonge, chalenge, from calumnia.

  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.

    Etymology: From chalonge, chalenge, from calumnia.

  6. challenge(Noun)

    An attempt to take possession; a tackle

    Etymology: From chalonge, chalenge, from calumnia.

  7. challenge(Verb)

    To invite someone to take part in a competition.

    Etymology: From chalonge, chalenge, from calumnia.

  8. challenge(Verb)

    To dare someone.

    Etymology: From chalonge, chalenge, from calumnia.

  9. challenge(Verb)

    To dispute something.

    Etymology: From chalonge, chalenge, from calumnia.

  10. challenge(Verb)

    To make a formal objection to a juror.

    Etymology: 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

    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.]

  2. Challenge(noun)

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

    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.]

  3. Challenge(noun)

    a claim or demand

    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.]

  4. Challenge(noun)

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

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  6. Challenge(noun)

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

    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.]

  7. Challenge(noun)

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

    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.]

  8. Challenge(noun)

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

    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.]

  9. Challenge(noun)

    to claim as due; to demand as a right

    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.]

  10. Challenge(noun)

    to censure; to blame

    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.]

  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?"

    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.]

  12. Challenge(noun)

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

    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.]

  13. Challenge(noun)

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

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  15. Challenge(verb)

    to assert a right; to claim a place

    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. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe:

    We should challenge with courage. It is time to make innovation happen and take the step into the open world.

  2. Lawrence Lessig:

    The biggest challenge is to make it seem plausible and that is going to take a lot of work, it is going to take excitement and people contributing and joining. It is going to mean getting large enough name recognition so you can get in the debates.

  3. Deborah Bowker:

    Of course, people question : can a candidate prevail who has never held public office ? i think her opportunity and her challenge is to talk about her experience and talk about how relevant that is to the issues we face today.

  4. H. Stanley Judd:

    Don't be afraid to fail. Don't waste energy trying to cover up failure. Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. It's OK to fail. If you're not failing, you're not growing.

  5. Ed Royce:

    We have a similar challenge here in the United States in terms of those who would try to find their way back and take the demands seriously that the ISIS leadership is making -- and that demand is to carry the attack to apostate civilian populations (to) attack soft targets, attack women and children, civilians.

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