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Verb: challenge  cha-linj
  1. Question the truth or validity of; take exception to
    "She challenged his claims";
    - dispute, gainsay
     
  2. Issue a challenge to
    "Fischer challenged Spassky to a match"
     
  3. Ask for identification
    "The illegal immigrant was challenged by the border guard"
     
  4. (law) raise a formal objection in a court of law
    - take exception
Noun: challenge  cha-linj
  1. A demanding or stimulating situation
    "they reacted irrationally to the challenge of Russian power"
     
  2. A call to engage in a contest or fight
     
  3. Questioning a statement and demanding an explanation
    "his challenge of the assumption that Japan is still our enemy"
     
  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

Derived forms: challenged, challenges, challenging

Type of: bespeak, bid, call for, contend, contest, demand, inquiring, invite, object, objection, quest, questioning, repugn, request, situation, speech act, state of affairs

Encyclopedia: Challenge, California