verb (used with object), chal·lenged, chal·leng·ing.
verb (used without object), chal·lenged, chal·leng·ing.
Origin of challenge
Synonyms for challenge
Related Words for challengeobjection, test, protest, threat, try, claim, confront, defy, impose, denounce, assert, demand, require, ultimatum, provocation, demanding, interrogation, trial, demur, confrontation
Examples from the Web for challenge
Contemporary Examples of challenge
Harris is unlikely to see a challenge from Villaraigosa, either.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races
January 9, 2015
Whatever the FBI says, the truthers will create alternative hypotheses that try to challenge the ‘official story.’Was Sony Hit With a Second Hack?
January 8, 2015
Less than six hours later, the FARC potentially came good on the challenge.Did The U.S.-Cuba Deal Help Drive A Rebel Ceasefire in Colombia?
December 18, 2014
The government has blocked every opportunity to challenge this case on its merits.Special Forces’ $77M ‘Hustler’ Hits Back
December 8, 2014
Where will the home care workers come from to meet that challenge?Care Providers Fight for $15 and a Union
Jasmin Almodovar, Shirley Thompson
December 5, 2014
Historical Examples of challenge
It is our birthright as citizens of this great Republic, and we'll meet this challenge.
There are some who challenge the expediency of the Imperial character of this realm.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
The challenge was accepted, and the parties met on the following day.Biographical Sketches
He was told that the cardinals were not there to receive a challenge to battle.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
As Vivian had given the challenge, Wharton had the first fire.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for challenge
early 14c., "something one can be accused of, a fault, blemish;" mid-14c., "false accusation, malicious charge; accusation of wrong-doing," also "act of laying claim" (to something), from Anglo-French chalenge, Old French chalonge "calumny, slander; demand, opposition," in legal use, "accusation, claim, dispute," from Anglo-French chalengier, Old French chalongier "to accuse, to dispute" (see challenge (v.)). Accusatory connotations died out 17c. Meanings "an objection" in law, etc.; "a calling to fight" are from mid-15c. Meaning "difficult task" is from 1954.
c.1200, "to rebuke," from Old French chalongier "complain, protest; haggle, quibble," from Vulgar Latin calumniare "to accuse falsely," from Latin calumniari "to accuse falsely, misrepresent, slander," from calumnia "trickery" (see calumny).
From late 13c. as "to object to, take exception to;" c.1300 as "to accuse," especially "to accuse falsely," also "to call to account;" late 14c. as "to call to fight." Also used in Middle English with sense "claim, take to oneself." Related: Challenged; challenging.