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Adjective
Testing of one's abilities
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“The 15-day adventure takes you on a challenging trek over miles of natural wilderness.”
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Thought-provoking in nature
“Scott had many insights on life that were challenging to one's immediate outlook.”
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Rebellious in nature
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“His challenging nature proved to be a handful for most of his minders.”
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Ambitious or difficult to achieve
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Causing emotion, excitement, or stimulation in the mind
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(of work) Strenuous in nature
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That strengthens or energizes
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Causing annoyance or anger by excessive difficulty
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In the position of a rival or opponent
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Requiring effort or endurance to a degree that strengthens or improves a person's character
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Causing anger, offense, or a strong negative reaction
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Incapable of being passed over, surmounted, or overcome
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Discouraging, inspiring fear
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(of a moment or occasion) Inopportune or disadvantageous
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Verb
Contending for a title or championship
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Present participle for to put up an opposition against something
“Ershad had even accused the opposition of not being effective enough to challenge his authority.”
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Present participle for to dispute the validity of
“The defendant's lawyer would challenge the evidence presented by the prosecutor.”
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Present participle for to invite someone to engage in a contest
“She was always trying to challenge me to a game of chess.”
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Present participle for 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) Present participle for to require as a necessity
“Having a demanding boss will challenge patience.”
Preposition
In competition with
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