challenge1 W2S2 [ˈtʃælındʒ] n
1¦(something difficult)¦
2¦(question something)¦
5¦(in law)¦
something that tests strength, skill, or ability, especially in a way that is interesting
challenge of
The company is ready to meet the challenges of the next few years.
the challenge of doing sth
I relish the challenge of rebuilding the club.
face/take on/accept etc a challenge
(=be ready to deal with one)
Martins now faces the biggest challenge of his career.
meet a challenge/rise to a challenge
(=successfully deal with one)
a new and vibrant initiative to meet the challenge of the 21st century
intellectual/physical challenge
the intellectual challenge of postgraduate research
when someone refuses to accept that someone or something is right and legal
challenge to
a direct challenge to the Governor's authority
challenge from
The president faces a strong challenge from nationalists.
pose/represent/present a challenge (to sb)
The strike represented a serious challenge to the government.
mount/launch a challenge
They decided to mount a legal challenge to the decision.
when someone tries to win something or invites someone to try to beat them in a fight, competition etc
challenge for
They are ready to mount a challenge for the championship.
They threw down the challenge that he couldn't wash 40 cars in one hour (=invited him to try to do it) .
The Prime Minister narrowly avoided a leadership challenge last year.
4.) ¦(STOP)¦
a demand from someone such as a guard to stop and give proof of who you are, and an explanation of what you are doing
5.) ¦(IN LAW)¦ law
a statement made before the start of a court case that a ↑juror is not acceptable
challenge 2
challenge2 W3S3 v [T]
1¦(question something)¦
3¦(something difficult)¦
4¦(stop somebody)¦
5¦(in law)¦
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: chalengier 'to accuse', from Latin calumniari 'to accuse falsely', from calumnia; CALUMNY]
to refuse to accept that something is right, fair, or legal
a boy with a reputation for challenging the authority of his teachers
challenge a view/an idea/an assumption etc
Viewpoints such as these are strongly challenged by environmentalists.
They went to the High Court to challenge the decision .
challenge sb to do sth
I challenge Dr. Carver to deny his involvement!
to invite someone to compete or fight against you, or to try to win something
→↑challenger, dare ↑dare challenge sb to sth
After lunch Carey challenged me to a game of tennis.
challenge for
Liverpool are challenging for the title (=in a position where they could win) .
to test the skills or abilities of someone or something
I'm really at my best when I'm challenged.
challenge sb to do sth
Every teacher ought to be challenging kids to think about current issues.
to stop someone and demand proof of who they are, and an explanation of what they are doing
We were challenged by the security guard at the gate.
5.) ¦(IN LAW)¦
law to state before the start of a court case that a ↑juror is not acceptable
>challenger n
Lewis is his main challenger for the world title.

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