offering a challenge; testing one's ability, endurance, etc: a challenging course;a challenging game.
stimulating, interesting, and thought-provoking: a challenging suggestion.
provocative; intriguing: a challenging smile.
- chal·leng·ing·ly, adverb
- non·chal·leng·ing, adjective
- un·chal·leng·ing, adjective
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How to use challenging in a sentence
Valderruten says it’s been “challenging” to talk for so long without being physical.
This makes it challenging for politicians to understand the scope of the issue.Deepfake porn is ruining women’s lives. Now the law may finally ban it | Karen Hao | February 12, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
The ongoing nature of ambiguous loss can be especially challenging, Williams said, and the grief may always be with you in some way.Politics and conspiracy theories are fracturing relationships. Here’s how to grieve those broken bonds. | Jeff Schrum | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
We are looking forward to being part of the redistricting process, but it’s challenging if it isn’t in their language.African Communities Warn Language Issues Could Shut Them Out of Redistricting | Maya Srikrishnan | February 10, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
While implementing local SEO strategies may seem challenging at first, it’s less complex than many small businesses think.A small business’ step-by-step guide to dominating local search in 2021 | Joseph Dyson | February 10, 2021 | Search Engine Watch
Fossella declined to run again, but in the years since he has mused aloud about challenging Grimm.Will Dirty Pol Vito Fossella Replace Dirty Pol Michael Grimm? | David Freedlander | December 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She had no say in it, but now is being forced to deal with an already challenging situation in front of strangers.
Here is where the biking becomes the most beautiful — and increasingly challenging.
Colfer's artistic callings share a common thread: they are deeply personal and rooted in a challenging childhood.Chris Colfer on Writing, Acting, and the Pain of Being A Pop Culture Trailblazer | Oliver Jones | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
That was challenging physically for me but actually doing Liz and being able to access her is surprisingly is pretty easy.
Education, the "backbone" of cultural activities, is one of the most challenging current problems facing Virginia.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia | Dorothy M. Torpey
He stands for the famous Hohenzollern, challenging eyes, full lips, retroussé mustache and imperious air.Ways of War and Peace | Delia Austrian
Noticeable above all were Perrette and Yolande, the former always brazen and challenging.The Pilgrim's Shell or Fergan the Quarryman | Eugne Sue
"Lead the way up that hill and you'll find out," she answered with a challenging flash of her dark eyes.Red Pepper Burns | Grace S. Richmond
"I don't see why they shouldn't have him," said Edward Henry, as he lifted a challenging nose in the air.The Regent | E. Arnold Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for challenging
demanding or stimulating: a challenging new job
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