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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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