verb (used with object), chal·lenged, chal·leng·ing.
verb (used without object), chal·lenged, chal·leng·ing.
- challenge diet,
Origin of challenge
Examples from the Web for challenge
Harris is unlikely to see a challenge from Villaraigosa, either.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races|David Freedlander|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Whatever the FBI says, the truthers will create alternative hypotheses that try to challenge the ‘official story.’
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?|Richard McColl|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The government has blocked every opportunity to challenge this case on its merits.
Where will the home care workers come from to meet that challenge?
We ought to take quite a place in the county, and challenge other schools for matches.For the School Colours|Angela Brazil
With both it was “To do or die,” and each can feel that none, save his rival, can challenge supremacy in war-like exploit.The Battle of Allatoona, October 5th, 1864|William Ludlow
My father,” says Judith, in challenge, “was a very good man.The Cruise of the Shining Light|Norman Duncan
Ben then printed a challenge in the papers, in which he offered to fight Allen for two thousand five hundred dollars a side.
Under the circumstances they had expected and even hoped their challenge would be declined.Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore|Pauline Lester
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.