Definitions for challenge
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word challenge.
a demanding or stimulating situation
"they reacted irrationally to the challenge of Russian power"
a call to engage in a contest or fight
questioning a statement and demanding an explanation
"his challenge of the assumption that Japan is still our enemy"
a formal objection to the selection of a particular person as a juror
a demand by a sentry for a password or identification
challenge, dispute, gainsayverb
take exception to
"She challenged his claims"
issue a challenge to
"Fischer challenged Spassky to a match"
ask for identification
"The illegal immigrant was challenged by the border guard"
challenge, take exceptionverb
raise a formal objection in a court of law
An instigation or antagonization intended to convince a person to perform an action they otherwise would not.
A difficult task, especially one that the person making the attempt finds more enjoyable because of that difficulty.
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.
The act of appealing a ruling or decision of a court of administrative agency.
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.
An attempt to take possession; a tackle
To invite someone to take part in a competition.
To dare someone.
To dispute something.
To make a formal objection to a juror.
Etymology: From chalonge, chalenge, from calumnia.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
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.
A challenge refers to a difficult task or situation that requires effort, skill, or determination to overcome or achieve. It often involves obstacles, setbacks, or complexities that test a person's abilities, knowledge, or resilience. Challenges can be found in various domains such as personal, professional, academic, athletic, or social settings and serve as opportunities for growth, development, and improvement.
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
the act of a sentry in halting any one who appears at his post, and demanding the countersign
a claim or demand
the opening and crying of hounds at first finding the scent of their game
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
an exception to a person as not legally qualified to vote. The challenge must be made when the ballot is offered
to call to a contest of any kind; to call to answer; to defy
to call, invite, or summon to answer for an offense by personal combat
to claim as due; to demand as a right
to censure; to blame
to question or demand the countersign from (one who attempts to pass the lines); as, the sentinel challenged us, with "Who comes there?"
to take exception to; question; as, to challenge the accuracy of a statement or of a quotation
to object to or take exception to, as to a juror, or member of a court
to object to the reception of the vote of, as on the ground that the person in not qualified as a voter
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.]
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
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
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
The demand of a sentinel to any one who approaches his post. Also, the defiance to fight.
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
The act of a sentinel in questioning or demanding the countersign from those who appear at his post.
See Appendix, Articles of War, 26, 27, and 28.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'challenge' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1959
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Rank popularity for the word 'challenge' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3221
Rank popularity for the word 'challenge' in Nouns Frequency: #743
Rank popularity for the word 'challenge' in Verbs Frequency: #482
The numerical value of challenge in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of challenge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Regardless of what occurs on earth, what goes well, what doesn’t go well, and all the things that challenge humanity and challenge us personally, the sun continues to rise every morning.
We saw that during Operation Protective Edge [2014 Gaza War] the Iron Dome faced one kind of challenge in the south, now, we are dealing with the challenges and scenarios that we think the enemies from the north will bring. One of the scenarios could be that, like Hamas, they will try and challenge us with a variety of threats simultaneously -- which is a great challenge -- but we are developing our concepts of operation.
You have your fit challenge, which is a workout of the day; you have your fierce challenge, which is that challenge that makes you step out of your comfort zone and try something new; and then there is that fabulous challenge, and that’s taking care of yourself— it’s the beauty, it’s nurturing your body and your mind.
Just the same way the challenge has total power in the aggressor side, have total power in the defense side. Don't give the challenge any power in the defense side.
When you doubt your ability to subdue the challenge, remember the challenge already believes in its ability to upset you.
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- التحدي, تحديArabic
- поканвам, предизвикателство, повиквам, оспорвам, възразявам, предизвиквам, предизвикване, отричамBulgarian
- desafiar, desafiu, desafiamentCatalan, Valencian
- vyzvat, výzvaCzech
- herausfordern, HerausforderungGerman
- desafiar, desafío, reto, retarSpanish
- haaste, esteellisyysperuste, jääviFinnish
- défier, défi, challengeFrench
- dùbhlanScottish Gaelic
- desafío, desafiar, reto, retarGalician
- 挑戦, チャレンジJapanese
- prōvocō, challengeLatin
- төвөгтэй асуудалMongolian
- tarten, betwisten, uitdaging, wraken, uitdagenDutch
- wyzwać, ośmielić, wyzwanie, zakwestionowaćPolish
- desafio, desafiarPortuguese
- provoca, provocareRomanian
- вызов, [[сложный, челлендж, испытание, [[трудный, вызыватьRussian
- utmana, ifrågasätta, utmaning, jävSwedish
- changa motoSwahili
- meydan okumaTurkish
- thử tháchVietnamese
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