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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb challenge:


The word challenge and its family (challenged, challenger, challengers, challenges, challenging) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun challenge

What does challenge mean as a name of something?

Challenge is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: challenges

  1. a demanding or stimulating situation
    • example: they reacted irrationally to the challenge of Russian power
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic terms: situation / state of affairs = the general state of things
  2. a call to engage in a contest or fight
  3. questioning a statement and demanding an explanation
    • example: his challenge of the assumption that Japan is still our enemy
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic words: inquiring / questioning = a request for information
  4. a formal objection to the selection of a particular person as a juror
  5. a demand by a sentry for a password or identification
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: demand = an urgent or peremptory request

Alternative definition of the noun challenge


  1. An instigation or antagonization intended to convince a person to perform an action they otherwise would not.
  2. A difficult task, especially one that the person making the attempt finds more enjoyable because of that difficulty.
  3. [legal, rare] A judge's interest in the result of the case for which he or she should not be allowed to sit the case, e.g. a conflict of interest.
  4. [legal] The act of appealing a ruling or decision of a court of administrative agency.
  5. [legal] The act of seeking to remove a judge, arbitrator or other judicial or semi-judicial figure for reasons of alleged bias or incapacity.
  6. [sports] An attempt to take possession; a tackle

Specialised definition of the noun challenge

Glossary of sports

a test of someone's abilities, or a situation that tests someone's abilities in a stimulating way (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb challenge

What does challenge mean as a doing word?

Challenge is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: challenged | challenging | challenges

  1. take exception to
    • example: She challenged his claims
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of challenge: dispute / gainsay
    • more generic words: contend / contest / repugn = to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation
    • more specific words:
      • call = challenge the sincerity or truthfulness of
      • call = challenge (somebody) to make good on a statement
    • entailment: call into question / oppugn / question = challenge the accuracy, probity, or propriety of
  2. issue a challenge to
  3. ask for identification
    • example: The illegal immigrant was challenged by the border guard
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic terms: ask for / bespeak / call for / quest / request = express the need or desire for
    • entailment: halt / stop = come to a halt, stop moving
  4. raise a formal objection in a court of law
    • domain: jurisprudence / law
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of challenge: take exception
    • more generic word: object = express or raise an objection or protest or criticism or express dissent
    • more specific word: appeal = challenge

Alternative definition of the verb challenge


  1. To invite someone to take part in a competition.
  2. To dare someone.
  3. To dispute something.
  4. [legal] To make a formal objection to a juror.


  1. "Challenge" a.k.a. "Drunken Master" is a 1978 Hong Kong martial arts film directed by Yuen Woo-ping, and starring Jackie Chan, Yuen Siu-tien, and Hwang Jang Lee. The film was a success at the Hong Kong box office, earning two and a half times the amount of Chan's previous film, Snake in the Eagle's Shadow, which was also considered a successful film. It is an early example of the comedic kung fu genre for which Jackie Chan became famous. The film popularised the Zui Quan fighting style. Ranked number 3 on's 50 greatest kung fu movies of all time.
  2. "Challenge": Chunaoti is a 1980 Bollywood film starring Dharmendra, Feroz Khan and Neetu Singh.
  3. "Challenge" is a 2009 Bengali comedy, action film directed by Raj Chakraborty. The film is starring Dev and Subhashree Ganguly. For few scenes and music-video's, shooting was done in Dubai, Australia and New Zealand. The film is a remake of 2005 Telugu film Bunny. The film has a blockbuster sequel named Challenge 2.
  4. "Challenge": Velluvili is a 1978 Malayalam film starring Soman and Jayabharathi in the lead roles. It marked the directorial debut of K. G. Rajasekharan. It was shot mostly from Perumbavoor, Kerala.
  5. "Challenge" is a 1984 Telugu film directed by A. Kodandarami Reddy. It stars Chiranjeevi, Rao Gopal Rao, Suhasini Mani Ratnam, and Vijayashanti in the lead roles. Maestro Ilayaraja composed music for the film. This film is based on fiction work by Yandamoori Veerendranath titled "Dabbu to the power of Dabbu".
  6. "Challenge" is a 2010 short film directed by Pavan, Kiran and Christy.
    • also known as Prathibhatane
    • country: India
    • directors: Kiran, Pavan, Christy
    • genre: LGBT
    • released in (6 years ago)
  7. "Challenge": Be Dhari Talwar is a 1929 film directed by Bhagwati Prasad Mishra.
    • also known as Do Dhari Talwar, Be Dhari Talwar
    • country: India
    • starring: Prithviraj Kapoor
    • released in (87 years ago)
  8. "Challenge" is a film.


"Challenge" was the tenth and final Bulldog Drummond novel written by H. C. McNeile. It was published in 1935 under McNeile's pen name Sapper.

  • language: English Language
  • genre: Crime Fiction
  • released in (79 years ago)


  1. "Challenge" is a musical album of Flower Travellin' Band.
  2. "Challenge" is a musical album of Click-B.
    • released on (15 years ago)
  3. "Challenge" is a musical album of Travis Biggs.
    • released in (40 years ago)
  4. "Challenge" is a musical album of Casualty.
    • released in (28 years ago)
  5. "Challenge" a.k.a. "Challenge!" is a musical EP of Comptroller.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  6. "Challenge" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  7. "Challenge" is a composition.


  1. Challenge is a record label.
  2. Challenge is a record label.


Challenge is an unincorporated community in Yuba County, California. It is located on Dry Creek 30 miles northeast of Marysville, at an elevation of 2595 feet.


  1. Challenge is a British digital television channel owned by Sky plc. The channel mostly transmits game shows from the UK and around the world, with some original productions.
  2. Challenge: The American Library Association defines a challenge to literature as an attempt by a person or group of people to have materials, such as books, removed from a library or school curriculum, or otherwise restricted. Merely objecting to material is not a challenge without the attempt to remove or restrict access to those materials.
  3. Challenge: In the game of Scrabble, a challenge is the act of one player questioning the validity of one or more words formed by another player in the most recent turn. If one or more of the challenged words is not in the previously agreed-upon dictionary, the challenged player loses his turn. If the challenged words are acceptable, the challenger loses his turn.
  4. Challenge was a role-playing game magazine published by Game Designers' Workshop between 1986 and 1996. Announced in Journal of the Travellers Aid Society No. 22, the new magazine was going to expand JTAS to a larger format and add coverage of GDW's new game Twilight 2000 and other games. The larger size would allow printing of things such as deck plans or sector maps which would not fit in the smaller JTAS format.
  5. Challenge is the name of organisational publications of two separate known communist groups.
  6. Challenge: Challenge! is a New Zealand petrol brand of Caltex New Zealand, whose parent company is Chevron Corporation. Challenge! stations are often found in small New Zealand towns, both in the North and South Islands. The petrol station itself, is usually limited with fuel and amenities available, but does stock petrol and diesel, and a have a small convenience store.
  7. Challenge started to make cycles in Foleshill, Coventry, England in 1903, and they also made a Challenge light car from about 1912 to 1915. They moved into new premises on Fosehill Road, Coventry in about 1906 to 1907, which consisted of an impressive symmetrical red-brick office building with sheds behind. The Edwardian office building is still standing today.
  8. Challenge was a tabloid-sized monthly newspaper established in Chicago in April 1933 which served as the official organ of the Young People's Socialist League, youth section of the Socialist Party of America. The publication was subsequently renamed The Challenge of Youth and continued in existence through 1946.
  9. Challenge is a 2011 Telly Award winning ad, created by Walton Isaacson for Lexus.
    • award:
      • Telly Award for Regional TV & Multi-Market Cable Commercial - Art Direction, received by Walton Isaacson
      • Telly Award for Regional TV & Multi-Market Cable Commercial - Automotive, received by Walton Isaacson
      • Telly Award for Regional TV & Multi-Market Cable Commercial - Visual Effects, received by Walton Isaacson
      • Telly Award for Regional TV & Multi-Market Cable Commercial - Use of Animation, received by Walton Isaacson

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Challenge

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Google previewNuclear Wastelands (2000)

A Global Guide to Nuclear Weapons Production and Its Health and Environmental Effects by Arjun Makhijani, Howard Hu, Katherine Yih

A second challenge is the long period between an exposure and the onset of disease. For many cancers, the latency period may be 20 years or more. A highly toxic exposure in 1993 may have put people at great risk for cancer, but a 1998 ...

Google previewThe Accidental Mind (2012)

by David J. Linden

The first challenge is the limitation on the rate of spike firing caused by the time it takes for voltage-sensitive sodium and...

The second challenge is that axons are slow, leaky electrical conductors that typically propagate spikes at a relatively ...

Google previewThe Development of University-based Entrepreneurship Ecosystems (2010)

Global Practices by Michael Fetters, Patricia G. Greene, Mark P. Rice

A second transformational challenge is that Singapore lacks a sufficient number of highly skilled knowledge professionals,

The third challenge is the lack of an entrepreneurial culture and mindset among Singaporeans. Again, this is ...

Google previewGuide to Integrating Business Processes to Improve Travel Time Reliability (2011)

An overarching challenge is that reliability is not yet part of the common operations Ieiiicon, even among departments of...

Google previewThe Development of DRIs 1994-2004 (2008)

Lessons Learned and New Challenges: Workshop Summary by Institute of Medicine, Food and Nutrition Board, Planning Committee for Dietary Reference Intakes Review Workshop

A second challenge is that the strength of the assessment paradigm is at the population level.

Google previewBride & Groom Challenge (2008)

The Game to Get to Know Each Other Better! by Elizabeth Lluch, Alex Lluch

The Bride & Groom Challenge is a creative and entertaining game that couples can play to foster communication.

Google previewChallenges and Opportunities of Connected K-Covered Wireless Sensor Networks (2009)

From Sensor Deployment to Data Gathering by Habib M. Ammari

Hence, the first challenge is the determination of the number of sensors required to remain active to k-cover a deployment field. Given that sensors have limited battery power and wireless sensor networks are generally randomly and hence ...

Google previewReview Journal of Political Philosophy (2013)

Volume 7, Issue Number 2 by J. Jeremy Wisnewski

The first challenge is a metaethical trilemma, referred to as Smith's Spork, forcing a choice between relativism, intuitionism, or sentimentalism. The second challenge is the common objection that not everyone has a capacity for empathy.

Google previewHydraulic Power System Analysis (2006)

by Arthur Akers, Max Gassman, Richard Smith

The first challenge is that a course on automatic controls seems to be very dense and of considerable mathematical complexity. The undergraduate may reach the end of a one semester course having been exposed to the many concepts of ...

Google previewRuling Capital (2014)

Emerging Markets and the Reregulation of Cross-Border Finance by Kevin P. Gallagher

The third challenge is that EMD efforts alone cannot be relied on to regulate capital flows. As Keynes and White articulated when framing the Bretton Woods system, global coordination is the key to effective capital flow management (see ...

Google previewEducation and Natural Disasters (2013)

by David Smawfield

The greatest challenge is that China still lacks a holistic and systematic approach to disaster education within the...

Google previewCardiac Markers, An Issue of Clinics in Laboratory Medicine, (2014)

by Kent Balanis Lewandrowski

The first challenge is the development of antibodies directed against oxidized LDL that are sensitive enough to measure the multitude of...

Google previewRoutledge Handbook of Sport Policy (2013)

by Ian Henry, Ling-Mei Ko

The first challenge is the issue of measuring the performance of nations in elite sport in a consistent manner such that the efficiency and effectiveness of a system can be measured. By the term 'efficiency' we mean the ratio of inputs to outputs, ...

Google previewUncertainty in the Electric Power Industry (2005)

Methods and Models for Decision Support by Christoph Weber

A second challenge is the choice of appropriate time resolution.

Google previewThe MacArthur Bible Commentary (2005)

by John F. MacArthur

Interpretive Challenges The first challenge is the generally elusive nature of wisdom literature itself. Like the parables, the intended truths are often veiled from understanding if given only a cursory glance, and thus must be pondered in the ...

Google previewHandbook of Constructionist Research (2013)

by James A. Holstein, Jaber F. Gubrium

If, as we contend, social constructionism is neither more nor less than what humans do as social beings, then the extremism challenge is a category mistake. Putting social constructionism opposite biological determinism is thus putting ...

Google previewDynamics and Obstacles of European Governance (2007)

by Dirk De Bièvre, Christine Neuhold

A first challenge is the complexity of the network. Though small in number, the differences in...

The second challenge is that the proof of a coherent research programme comes with the implementation. Supervising is like steering between ...

Google previewInstant encyclopaedia of geography (1993)

by Shatrughna P. Sinha

CHALLENGE. OF. DISEASE. PATTERNS. 'Opportunism' in the title is of course used in the best sense: that discovery comes to the prepared mind able to seize the opportunity when it presents itself ! Primary acute pancreatitis is a relatively ...

Google previewThe Deleuze Dictionary Revised Edition (2010)

by Adrian Parr

Spinoza and Nietzsche challenge the devaluation of the body in favour of consciousness, and in this way propose a materialist reading of thought. They show that thought should no longer be constrained by the consciousness we have of it.

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Malta (1995)

by Warren G. Berg

made a challenge to the party to change some goals and practices.

Google previewSupplement to the Dictionary of the Decisions of the Court of Session (1826)

by Mungo Ponton Brown

The Court accordingly found, 20th December 1765, “ that the titles produced for the defenders, with the possession following thereon, are suflicient to exclude the pursuer from the whole subjects under challenge ; and therefore assoilyies the ...

Google previewAn Historical and Critical Dictionary (1826)

by Pierre Bayle

CHALLENGE. ( Extraordinary one-) The following is the challenge sent by the duke of Orleans in 1411, to the ...

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Quotes about Challenge

Acting is an art form and you want to take roles that are challenged and it's more of a challenge I think to play dark characters. Not that I want to always play those, but it is a challenge and challenges are rewarding and fun. (James Franco)
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The value of this 9-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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