Challenge meaning

chălənj
The definition of a challenge is an act of rebellion against someone or something.

An example of challenge is an employee questioning the actions of their supervisor in a meeting.

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A test of one's abilities or resources in a demanding but stimulating undertaking.

A career that offers a challenge.

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Anything, as a demanding task, that calls for special effort or dedication.
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A sentry's call to an unknown party for proper identification.
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A challenge is defined as a demand for proof or an invitation to participate in a competition.

An example of challenge is a guard asking for identification.

An example of challenge is a boxer asking another boxer to take part in a boxing match.

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To object to (a vote) as not valid, or to (a prospective voter) as not qualified to vote.
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To take formal exception to (a prospective juror)
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To make, issue, or offer a challenge.
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The induction or evaluation of an immune response in an organism by administration of a specific antigen to which it has been sensitized.
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To induce or evaluate an immune response in an organism by administering a specific antigen to which it has been sensitized.
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An objection, exception, or other formal questioning of the capability or legal qualifications of a person, the existence of a right, or the legality of an action or thing. An objection by a party or a lawyer to a potential juror or jury panel and his or her request that a judge disqualify the individual or the panel from hearing that party’s cause or trial. To call into question.
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Challenge means to stop someone and ask for their identification.

An example of challenge is someone being stopped at a border crossing to show their passport.

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To order to halt and be identified, as by a sentry.
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To question the qualifications of (a voter) or the validity of (a vote).
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To summon to action, effort, or use; stimulate.

A problem that challenges the imagination.

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(immunology) To induce or evaluate an immune response in (an organism) by administering a specific antigen to which it has been sensitized.
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To make or give voice to a challenge.
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To begin barking upon picking up the scent. Used of hunting dogs.
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A demand for identification.

A sentry gave the challenge.

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A calling into question; a demanding of proof, explanation, etc.

A challenge of the premises of an argument.

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A call or dare to take part in a duel, contest, etc.
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An objection to a vote or to someone's right to vote.
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(law) A formal objection or exception to a person who has been chosen as a prospective juror.
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To call to a halt for identification.
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To call for; make demands on.

To challenge the imagination.

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A demand for explanation or justification; a calling into question.

A challenge to a theory.

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To take exception to; call into question; dispute.

A book that challenges established beliefs.

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To call or dare to take part in a duel, contest, etc.; defy.
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An argument, claim, or lawsuit that a law or government policy, although otherwise constitutional, is unconstitutional when applied to a particular party or situation.
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A defendant’s claim that the plaintiff or prosecution excluded potential jurors due to their race, color, ethnic background, or gender by use of peremptory challenges. Named for the United States Supreme Court case of Batson v. Kentucky (1986), which forbids such a use of peremptory challenges in criminal cases. The principle in Batson was extended to civil cases in Edmonson v. Leesville Concrete Co. (1991).
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An argument, claim, or lawsuit that a law or government policy always operates in violation of the United States Constitution or a state constitution.
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A challenge to a prospective juror based on a specific cause or reason, such as bias, prejudice, or a financial or other interest in the outcome of the trial. Usually, there is no limit to the number of challenges for cause available to each party.
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See challenge to the array.
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An objection to an entire jury panel based on the manner that the panel was selected. Also called challenge to jury array.
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A challenge to a prospective juror that may be made without any specific cause or reason. The number of peremptory challenges allowed to each party is usually limited by statute or court rule.
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A confrontation; a dare.
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A difficult task, especially one that the person making the attempt finds more enjoyable because of that difficulty.
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(law) A procedure or action.
  • (law, 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.
    Consanguinity in direct line is a challenge for a judge when he or she is sitting cases.
  • The act of appealing a ruling or decision of a court of administrative agency.
  • The act of seeking to remove a judge, arbitrator or other judicial or semi-judicial figure for reasons of alleged bias or incapacity.
    We're still waiting to hear how the court rules on our challenge of the arbitrator based on conflict of interest.
  • (US) An exception to a person as not legally qualified to vote. The challenge must be made when the ballot is offered.
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(hunting) The opening and crying of hounds at first finding the scent of their game.
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To invite someone to take part in a competition.

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

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To dare someone.
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To dispute something.

To challenge the accuracy of a statement or of a quotation.

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(law) To make a formal objection to a juror.
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(military) To question or demand the countersign from (one who attempts to pass the lines).

The sentinel challenged us with "Who goes there?"

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(US) To object to the reception of the vote of, e.g. on the ground that the person is not qualified as a voter.
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A claim that a vote is invalid or that a voter is unqualified.
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(immunology) The induction or evaluation of an immune response in an organism by administration of a specific antigen to which it has been sensitized.
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To have due claim to; call for.

Events that challenge our attention.

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Origin of challenge

  • Middle English chalenge from Old French from Latin calumnia trickery, false accusation calumny V., Middle English chalengen from Old French chalangier from Latin calumniārī from calumnia

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English chalenge, assilibated variant of Middle English calenge, calange (“an accusation, claim”), from Old French chalenge, chalonge, assilibated forms of Old French calenge, calonge, from Latin calumnia (“a false accusation, calumny”), from Proto-Indo-European *kēl-, *ḱēl- (“invocation; to beguile, feign, charm, cajole, deceive”). Cognate with Old English hōl (“calumny”).

    From Wiktionary