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challenge

chal·lenge

challenge

 
 
pronunciation:
chae lihnj
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an invitation to enter into a fight or other contest of skill.
The cowboy heard the bandit's challenge and turned to face him.
synonyms:
dare
similar words:
defiance, invitation, summons
definition 2: an interesting or difficult problem or task.
Learning all the state capitals was a challenge.
 
synonyms:
problem
similar words:
obstacle, test, venture
definition 3: a calling into question; request for an explanation or proof.
When they announced the class president, there was a challenge because there were some missing votes.
synonyms:
dissent, protest
similar words:
objection, opposition
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: challenged, challenges, challenging
definition 1: to invite to enter into a fight or contest of skill; dare.
She challenged him to another tennis match.
synonyms:
dare, defy
similar words:
call, invite, provoke, summon
definition 2: to question the rightness of.
Supporters of the princess challenged the duke's claim to the throne.
synonyms:
contest, dispute, object to
similar words:
contradict, criticize, denounce, deny, disagree with, oppose, protest, question
definition 3: to stir up or make more active; stimulate.
This book will challenge your thinking.
synonyms:
arouse, inspire, stimulate
similar words:
stretch, tax
derivation: challenger (n.)
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