• verb: to say or show that (something) may not be true, correct, or legal
  • verb: to demand as due or deserved
  • often + 'to'
  • synonyms: defiance, censure, blame


  • The new data 'challenges' many old assumptions. [=the new data gives people reasons to doubt many old assumptions]

  • He hopes to be the governor's 'challenger' in the next election. [=the candidate running against the governor]

  • The coach is confident that you will 'rise to the challenge'. [=the coach is confident that you will succeed]

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