- The definition of challenging is something that is difficult and intriguing.
An example of challenging is a tough research project about an interesting subject.
Requiring the full application of one's abilities, attention, or resources: a challenging role for an inexperienced performer; a challenging homework assignment.
- Present participle of challenge.
Variant of challenge
- a demand for identification: a sentry gave the challenge
- a calling into question; a demanding of proof, explanation, etc.: a challenge of the premises of an argument
- a call or dare to take part in a duel, contest, etc.
- anything, as a demanding task, that calls for special effort or dedication
- ☆ an objection to a vote or to someone's right to vote
- Law a formal objection or exception to a person who has been chosen as a prospective juror
Origin of challengeMiddle English and amp; Old French chalenge, accusation, claim, dispute ; from Classical Latin calumnia, calumny
transitive verbchallenged, challenging
- to call to a halt for identification
- to call to account
- to make objection to; call into question
- to call or dare to take part in a duel, contest, etc.; defy
- to call for; make demands on: to challenge the imagination
- ☆ to object to (a vote) as not valid or (a prospective voter) as not qualified to vote
- to take formal exception to (a prospective juror)
to make, issue, or offer a challenge