What is the meaning of challenge?


  • A demanding or stimulating situation.
    • usage: "they reacted irrationally to the challenge of Russian power"
  • A call to engage in a contest or fight.
  • Questioning a statement and demanding an explanation.
    • usage: "his challenge of the assumption that Japan is still our enemy"
  • A formal objection to the selection of a particular person as a juror.
  • A demand by a sentry for a password or identification.


  • Take exception to.
    • usage: "She challenged his claims"
  • Issue a challenge to.
    • usage: "Fischer challenged Spassky to a match"
  • Ask for identification.
    • usage: "The illegal immigrant was challenged by the border guard"
  • Raise a formal objection in a court of law.
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