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CHALLENGE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does challenge mean? 

CHALLENGE (noun)
  The noun CHALLENGE has 5 senses:

1. a demanding or stimulating situation
2. a call to engage in a contest or fight
3. questioning a statement and demanding an explanation
4. a formal objection to the selection of a particular person as a juror
5. a demand by a sentry for a password or identification

  Familiarity information: CHALLENGE used as a noun is common.


CHALLENGE (verb)
  The verb CHALLENGE has 4 senses:

1. take exception to
2. issue a challenge to
3. ask for identification
4. raise a formal objection in a court of law

  Familiarity information: CHALLENGE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CHALLENGE (noun)


Sense 1challenge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A demanding or stimulating situation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context example:

they reacted irrationally to the challenge of Russian power

Hypernyms ("challenge" is a kind of...):

situation; state of affairs (the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time)


Sense 2challenge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A call to engage in a contest or fight

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("challenge" is a kind of...):

speech act (the use of language to perform some act)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "challenge"):

dare; daring (a challenge to do something dangerous or foolhardy)

confrontation (a bold challenge)

call-out (a challenge to a fight or duel)

defiance (a hostile challenge)

calling into question; demand for explanation (a challenge to defend what someone has said)

demand for identification (as by a sentry)

gantlet; gauntlet (to offer or accept a challenge)


Sense 3challenge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Questioning a statement and demanding an explanation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

his challenge of the assumption that Japan is still our enemy

Hypernyms ("challenge" is a kind of...):

inquiring; questioning (a request for information)


Sense 4challenge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A formal objection to the selection of a particular person as a juror

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("challenge" is a kind of...):

objection (the speech act of objecting)


Sense 5challenge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A demand by a sentry for a password or identification

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("challenge" is a kind of...):

demand (an urgent or peremptory request)


CHALLENGE (verb)


Sense 1challenge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take exception to

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

challenge; dispute; gainsay

Context example:

She challenged his claims

Hypernyms (to "challenge" is one way to...):

contend; contest; repugn (to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation)

"Challenge" entails doing...:

call into question; oppugn; question (challenge the accuracy, probity, or propriety of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "challenge"):

call (challenge the sincerity or truthfulness of)

call (challenge (somebody) to make good on a statement; charge with or censure for an offense)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 2challenge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Issue a challenge to

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

Fischer challenged Spassky to a match

Hypernyms (to "challenge" is one way to...):

bid; invite (ask someone in a friendly way to do something)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "challenge"):

litigate (engage in legal proceedings)

action; litigate; process; sue (institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against)

appeal (take a court case to a higher court for review)

remand; remit; send back (refer (a matter or legal case) to another committee or authority or court for decision)

call out (challenge to a duel)

call one's bluff (ask to prove what someone is claiming)

dare; defy (challenge)

impugn (attack as false or wrong)

impeach (challenge the honesty or veracity of)

call into question; oppugn; question (challenge the accuracy, probity, or propriety of)

counterchallenge (challenge in turn)

provoke; stimulate (provide the needed stimulus for)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

They challenge him to write the letter


Sense 3challenge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Ask for identification

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

The illegal immigrant was challenged by the border guard

Hypernyms (to "challenge" is one way to...):

bespeak; call for; quest; request (express the need or desire for; ask for)

"Challenge" entails doing...:

halt; stop (come to a halt, stop moving)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 4challenge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Raise a formal objection in a court of law

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

take exception; challenge

Hypernyms (to "challenge" is one way to...):

object (express or raise an objection or protest or criticism or express dissent)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "challenge"):

appeal (challenge (a decision))

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


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