(noun, verb)


1. a demanding or stimulating situation

- they reacted irrationally to the challenge of Russian power

Definition categories: state, situation

2. a call to engage in a contest or fight

Definition categories: communication

3. questioning a statement and demanding an explanation

- his challenge of the assumption that Japan is still our enemy

Definition categories: communication, inquiring, questioning

4. a formal objection to the selection of a particular person as a juror

Definition categories: communication, objection

5. a demand by a sentry for a password or identification

Definition categories: communication, demand

Sentences with challenge as a noun:

- a challenge to the king's authority

- Consanguinity in direct line is a challenge for a judge when he or she is sitting cases.

- We're still waiting to hear how the court rules on our challenge of the arbitrator based on conflict of interest.


1. take exception to

- She challenged his claims

Similar word(s): dispute, gainsay

Definition categories: communication, contend, contest, repugn

2. issue a challenge to

- Fischer challenged Spassky to a match

Definition categories: communication, bid, invite

3. ask for identification

- The illegal immigrant was challenged by the border guard

Definition categories: communication, bespeak, quest, request

4. raise a formal objection in a court of law

Definition categories: communication, object

Sentences with challenge as a verb:

- We challenged the boys next door to a game of football.

- to challenge the accuracy of a statement or of a quotation

- The sentinel challenged us with "Who goes there?"