chal|lenge1 [ `tʃæləndʒ ] noun ***
1. ) count or uncount something that needs a lot of skill, energy, and determination to deal with or achieve, especially something you have never done before and will enjoy doing:
I was bored with my job and felt I needed a new challenge.
challenge of: We were all enthusiastic walkers, and enjoyed the challenge of this remote place.
meet a challenge (=deal with it successfully): Are western nations ready to meet the enormous environmental challenges that lie ahead?
the challenge is to do something: The challenge for policy-makers is to achieve economic growth without damaging the environment.
face a challenge (=have to deal with one): The company faces the daunting challenge of completing the building on time.
2. ) count an action or idea that questions whether something is true, accurate, or legal:
He began a legal challenge to clear his name.
challenge to: There seems to be no significant challenge to the party's free-market ideology.
pose/present a challenge to something: Recent discoveries pose a serious challenge to accepted views on the age of the universe.
a ) a refusal to accept someone's authority:
challenge to: The strike was seen as a direct challenge to the authority of the government.
mount a challenge (=make one): They have failed to mount a serious challenge to the existing leadership.
b ) LEGAL a refusal to accept someone as a member of a JURY
3. ) count an invitation to someone to compete or fight, especially in a sport:
challenge for: Agassi returned to make a major challenge for the Wimbledon title.
issue a challenge: One of the men issued the challenge, I'll take on any two of you.
a ) singular used in the names of competitions, especially sports competitions:
one of the golfers competing in the Million Dollar Challenge
chal|lenge 2 [ `tʃæləndʒ ] verb transitive ***
1. ) to question whether something is true, accurate, or legal:
No one has challenged the assumptions that are made in the report.
This decision is likely to be challenged by the oil companies.
challenge someone on something: They're not likely to challenge us on any of the details.
challenge someone to do something: We challenged the company to prove that its system was safe.
a ) to refuse to accept someone's authority:
The president has accused the provincial government of challenging his leadership.
b ) LEGAL to refuse to accept someone as a member of a JURY
2. ) to invite someone to compete or fight:
challenge someone to something: The girls challenged the boys to a game of basketball.
3. ) to test someone's skill and abilities:
My present job doesn't really challenge me.
A problem that has intrigued and challenged me for many years.
4. ) usually passive if you are challenged by someone, they ask you who you are and why you are in a particular place:
We were immediately challenged by armed guards.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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