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Noun
A call for someone to compete
“He accepted a challenge from his nemesis to a fight in the boxing ring.”
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A call to prove or justify something
“The skeptic mounted a challenge to the claims made by conspiracy theorists.”
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A test of someone's abilities or internal fortitude
“He took up the challenge of leading the notoriously difficult project.”
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An issue or problem requiring resolution
“Establishing peace in the troubled region was a challenge that had to be addressed.”
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A competitive event
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“The annual Air Guitar Challenge will be held in the city of Oulu this year.”
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A puzzle or a set of questions constructed to exercise the intellect
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A mental or emotional conflict or struggle
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Toughness or arduousness
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Open resistance to authority or opposition
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An act of seizing and attempting to stop or throw someone to the ground
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A display of unnecessary or excessive excitement, activity, or interest
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A situation or action that tempts someone to do something or makes a particular outcome likely
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The use of force or violence to oppose someone or something
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A final statement of terms or conditions made by one party to another, especially one that expresses a threat of reprisal or war
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Protective armor for the hands, formerly thrown down as a challenge to combat
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Someone or something with qualities or features that seem to conflict with one another
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The money or thing risked on the outcome of an uncertain event
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A difficult or hurried clamber up or over something
Verb
To dispute the validity of
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“The defendant's lawyer would challenge the evidence presented by the prosecutor.”
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To invite someone to engage in a contest
“She was always trying to challenge me to a game of chess.”
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To make demands of, or prove to be a challenge to
“The family's holiday in the woods without Wi-Fi would challenge the kids.”
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(rare) To have as a requirement
“Having a demanding boss will challenge patience.”
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To apply oneself to, or start work on, a given task or issue
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To come face to face with (someone) with hostile or argumentative intent
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To grab (someone), usually aggressively, to stop them or bring them to ground
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To state under oath, to plead
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Be able to rival another or others
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To enter or participate in a contest, usually as a political candidate
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To stimulate or incite (someone) to do or feel something, especially by arousing anger in them
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To make a request or demand of someone
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Lessen the effectiveness, power, or ability of, especially gradually or insidiously
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To have no trust or confidence in
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To cause to stop sleeping
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To engage in activity for amusement
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To expose to danger or the risk of loss
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To assemble and make ready for action
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