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English noun: challenge

1. challenge (state) a demanding or stimulating situation


SamplesThey reacted irrationally to the challenge of Russian power.


Broader (hypernym)situation, state of affairs

2. challenge (communication) a call to engage in a contest or fight


Broader (hypernym)speech act


Narrower (hyponym)call-out, calling into question, confrontation, dare, daring, defiance, demand for explanation, demand for identification, gantlet, gauntlet

3. challenge (communication) questioning a statement and demanding an explanation


SamplesHis challenge of the assumption that Japan is still our enemy.


Broader (hypernym)inquiring, questioning

4. challenge (communication) a formal objection to the selection of a particular person as a juror


Broader (hypernym)objection

5. challenge (communication) a demand by a sentry for a password or identification


Broader (hypernym)demand


English verb: challenge

1. challenge (communication) take exception to


SamplesShe challenged his claims.


Synonymsdispute, gainsay


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)contend, contest, repugn


Narrower (hyponym)call, call


Entailcall into question, oppugn, question

2. challenge (communication) issue a challenge to


SamplesFischer challenged Spassky to a match.


ExamplesThey challenge him to write the letter


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)bid, invite


Narrower (hyponym)action, appeal, call into question, call one's bluff, call out, counterchallenge, dare, defy, impeach, impugn, litigate, litigate, oppugn, process, provoke, question, remand, remit, send back, stimulate, sue

3. challenge (communication) ask for identification


SamplesThe illegal immigrant was challenged by the border guard.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)bespeak, call for, quest, request


Entailhalt, stop

4. challenge (communication) raise a formal objection in a court of law


Synonymstake exception


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)object


Narrower (hyponym)appeal


Domain categoryjurisprudence, law









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