- 1 challenge 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 there is a significant deterioration in quality in his post-war work. 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 Picasso’s painting was influenced by jazz music. See related entries: Legal processes
- 2 to invite somebody to enter a competition, fight, etc.; to suggest strongly that somebody 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 opposition leader challenged the prime minister to call an election.
- 3 challenge somebody to test somebody’s ability and skills, especially in an interesting way The job doesn't really challenge her.
- 4challenge somebody to order somebody to stop and say who they are or what they are doing We were challenged by police at the border. Word Origin Middle English (in the senses ‘accusation’ and ‘accuse’): from Old French chalenge (noun), chalenger (verb), from Latin calumnia
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BrE BrE//ˈtʃælɪndʒ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃælɪndʒ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they challenge
BrE BrE//ˈtʃælɪndʒ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃælɪndʒ//he / she / it challenges
BrE BrE//ˈtʃælɪndʒɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃælɪndʒɪz//past simple challenged
BrE BrE//ˈtʃælɪndʒd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃælɪndʒd//past participle challenged
BrE BrE//ˈtʃælɪndʒd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃælɪndʒd//-ing form challenging
BrE BrE//ˈtʃælɪndʒɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃælɪndʒɪŋ//Legal processes