Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: chalengier 'to accuse', from Latin calumniari 'to accuse falsely', from calumnia; CALUMNY


2 verb
Related topics: Law
challenge2 S3 W3 [transitive]

question something

to refuse to accept that something is right, fair, or legal:
a boy with a reputation for challenging the authority of his teachers
challenge a view/an idea/an assumption etc
Viewpoints such as these are strongly challenged by environmentalists.
They went to the High Court to challenge the decision.
challenge somebody to do something
I challenge Dr. Carver to deny his involvement!


to invite someone to compete or fight against you, or to try to win something [↪ challenger, dare]
challenge somebody to something
After lunch Carey challenged me to a game of tennis.
challenge for
Liverpool are challenging for the title (=in a position where they could win).

something difficult

to test the skills or abilities of someone or something [= stimulate]:
I'm really at my best when I'm challenged.
challenge somebody to do something
Every teacher ought to be challenging kids to think about current issues.

stop somebody

to stop someone and demand proof of who they are, and an explanation of what they are doing:
We were challenged by the security guard at the gate.

in law

SCL 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.

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