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Definition of challenge verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they challenge
    he / she / it challenges
    past simple challenged
    -ing form challenging
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  1. 1challenge something to question whether a statement or an action is right, legal, etc.; to refuse to accept something synonym dispute The story was completely untrue and was successfully challenged in court. She does not like anyone challenging her authority. This discovery challenges traditional beliefs. Language Bankargueverbs for reporting an opinion Some critics argue that Picasso remained a great master all his life. Others maintain that his post-war work showed a significant deterioration in quality. Picasso himself claimed that good art is created, but great art is stolen. As Smith has noted, Picasso borrowed imagery from African art. As the author points out, Picasso borrowed imagery from African art. The writer challenges the notion that Picasso's sculpture was secondary to his painting. It has been suggested that/Sanchez suggests that Picasso's painting was influenced by jazz music.
  2. 2to invite someone to enter a competition, fight, etc.; to suggest strongly that someone should do something (especially when you think that they might be unwilling to do it) challenge somebody (to something) Mike challenged me to a game of chess. challenge somebody to do something The Senate minority leader challenged the Vice President to call a roll-call vote.
  3. 3challenge somebody to test someone's ability and skills, especially in an interesting way The job doesn't really challenge her.
  4. 4challenge somebody to order someone to stop and say who they are or what they are doing We were challenged by police at the border.
  5. 5challenge somebody (law) to formally object to someone serving on a jury because they may not be qualified or suitable for that position
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