challengechal·lenge1 /ˈtʃæləndʒ/ ●●●S2W2AWL noun1something difficult [countable, uncountable]DIFFICULT something that testsstrength, skill, or ability, especially in a way that is interestingchallenge ofThe company is ready to meet the challenges of the next few years.the challenge of doing somethingI 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 centuryintellectual/physical challengethe intellectual challenge of postgraduate research2question something [countable]ACCEPT when someone refuses to accept that someone or something is right and legalchallenge toa direct challenge to the Governor’s authoritychallenge fromThe president faces a strong challenge from nationalists.pose/represent/present a challenge (to somebody)The strike represented a serious challenge to the government.mount/launch a challengeThey decided to mount a legal challenge to the decision.3competitionASK FOR something/ASK somebody TO DO something [countable] when someone tries to win something or invites someone to try to beat them in a fight, competition etcchallenge forThey 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.4stop [countable]ASK FOR something/ASK somebody TO DO something a demand from someone such as a guard to stop and give proof of who you are, and an explanation of what you are doing5in law [countable]SCT law a statement made before the start of a courtcase that a juror is not acceptableCOLLOCATIONSverbsmeet a challenge (=deal with one)Here are a few tips to help you meet the challenges of university life.face a challenge (=have to deal with one)The company still faces some challenges.accept a challenge (=try to deal with one)He was ready to accept new challenges.take on a challenge (=accept one)The new headteacher has taken on the challenge of improving the school.present/pose a challenge (=be a difficult one)These changes pose a real challenge to farmers.provide a challenge (=be an interesting one)Her new job provided a real challenge.rise to a challenge (=deal successfully with it)It was a difficult project but we rose to the challenge.love/enjoy/relish a challengeChildren enjoy a challenge so the work should not be too easy.adjectivesa big/major/huge/tremendous challengeBuilding the tunnel presented a major challenge to engineers.a serious challengeAt the moment we are facing a serious environmental challenge.a real challenge (=a difficult one)On Monday, Sharapova faced her first real challenge of the tournament.a formidable/daunting/tough challenge (=a very difficult one)How to deal with waste is a daunting challenge for the west.the biggest challenge of somethingThis could be the biggest challenge of his career.an intellectual/physical/technical etc challengeI love the physical challenge of climbing.
challengechallenge2 ●●●S3W3AWL verb [transitive]1question somethingACCEPT to refuse to accept that something is right, fair, or legala boy with a reputation for challenging the authority of his teacherschallenge a view/an idea/an assumption etcViewpoints such as these are strongly challenged by environmentalists.They went to the High Court to challenge the decision.challenge somebody to do somethingI challenge Dr. Carver to deny his involvement!2competitionASK FOR something/ASK somebody TO DO something to invite someone to compete or fight against you, or to try to win something → challenger, darechallenge somebody to somethingAfter lunch, Carey challenged me to a game of tennis.challenge forLiverpool are challenging for the title (=in a position where they could win).3something difficultDIFFICULT to test the skills or abilities of someone or something syn stimulateI’m really at my best when I’m challenged.challenge somebody to do somethingEvery teacher ought to be challenging kids to think about current issues.4stop somebodyPROVE to stop someone and demand proof of who they are, and an explanation of what they are doingWe were challenged by the security guard at the gate.5in lawSCT law to state before the start of a court case that a juror is not acceptable —challenger noun [countable]Lewis is his main challenger for the world title.→ See Verb table
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challenge• We were challenging all the traditional methods of testing for poisons.• That claim has been challenged and much debated, but it seems to hold up.• Guards were ordered to challenge anyone entering the building.• Many doctors have challenged the accuracy of his findings.• Owner Fred Davies is challenging the council after being refused permission to convert the ailinghotel into a nursing home.• Billboard companies say they will challenge the new law in court.• The beatitudes are counter-cultural, because they correct and challenge the ways in which we understandhappiness.• I challenge this assumption, and question the push into Putumayo.• He's a good choirdirector - he really challenges us.challenge ... decision• The local presbyteryagreed, but 10 area churches challenged the decision.challenge somebody to something• She challenged him to a race and won.From Longman Business Dictionarychallengechal‧lenge /ˈtʃæləndʒ/ noun [countable]1ACCOUNTINGa carefulcheck of the cash and shares etc held by the employees of a company, as part of an official check to discover if there has been any dishonesty2something difficult that you feel determined to solve or achieveNow the company’s challenge is to work out a plan to settle its $1.5 billion in debts.Population growth is the most formidable challenge facing the nation.3a refusal to accept that something is right and legalThe suit is a major challenge to Georgia’s election laws.