challenge

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Challenge is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

Pronunciation[change]

  • IPA: /ˈtʃæl.ɪndʒ/-əndʒ/
  • SAMPA: /"tS{l.IndZ/-@ndZ/

Noun[change]

Singular
challenge

Plural
challenges

  1. (countable) A challenge is something difficult that you want or have to do.
    Many churches overseas are struggling to meet the AIDS challenge.
    After 25 years in the same job, this move will allow me to take on new challenges.
  2. (countable) A challenge is an offer to compete or fight.
    The president issued a challenge to his critics to appear in a public debate.

Synonyms[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
challenge

Third-person singular
challenges

Past tense
challenged

Past participle
challenged

Present participle
challenging

  1. (transitive) If you challenge somebody, you give them something very difficult to do.
    The job challenges his computer skills.
  2. (transitive) If you challenge somebody, you offer to compete or fight.
    He challenged me to a game of chess.

Related words[change]