Challenge Chal"lenge, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Challenged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Challenging}.] [OE. chalengen to accuse, claim, OF. chalengier, chalongier, to claim, accuse, dispute, fr. L. calumniar to attack with false accusations. See {Challenge}, n., and cf. {Calumniate}.] 1. To call to a contest of any kind; to call to answer; to defy. [1913 Webster]

I challenge any man to make any pretense to power by right of fatherhood. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

2. To call, invite, or summon to answer for an offense by personal combat. [1913 Webster]

By this I challenge him to single fight. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To claim as due; to demand as a right. [1913 Webster]

Challenge better terms. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

4. To censure; to blame. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

He complained of the emperors . . . and challenged them for that he had no greater revenues . . . from them. --Holland. [1913 Webster]

5. (Mil.) To question or demand the countersign from (one who attempts to pass the lines); as, the sentinel challenged us, with ``Who comes there?'' [1913 Webster]

6. To take exception to; question; as, to challenge the accuracy of a statement or of a quotation. [1913 Webster]

7. (Law) To object to or take exception to, as to a juror, or member of a court. [1913 Webster]

8. To object to the reception of the vote of, as on the ground that the person in not qualified as a voter. [U. S.] [1913 Webster]

{To challenge to the} {array, favor, polls}. See under {Challenge}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • challenged — ☆ challenged [chal′ənjd] adj. disabled or handicapped in a (specified) way [physically challenged] …   English World dictionary

  • challenged —    differing from the norm in a taboo fashion    Not faced with a duel, but of those thought to be facing life at a disadvantage. The use extends to the bald, who are follicularly challenged; to the deaf, who are aurally challenged; to the blind …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

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  • challenged — adjective a) Lacking some physical or mental attribute or skill; used after adverbs to make politically correct adjectives. mentally challenged b) Used following adverbs to make jocular adjectives in imitation of and mocking politically correct… …   Wiktionary

  • challenged — chal|lenged [ tʃælındʒd ] adjective * 1. ) unable to do particular things without difficulty because of being disabled in some way: visually challenged (=unable to see well) 2. ) HUMOROUS used with other words to mean that someone lacks a… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • challenged — UK [ˈtʃælɪndʒd] / US adjective 1) unable to do particular things without difficulty because of being disabled in some way visually challenged (= unable to see well) 2) humorous used with other words to mean that someone lacks a particular quality …   English dictionary

  • challenged — /chal injd/, adj. (used as a euphemism) disabled, handicapped, or deficient (usually prec. by an adverb): physically challenged; ethically challenged. [1980 85, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • challenged — adjective 1》 euphemistic suffering from impairment or disability in a specified respect: physically challenged. 2》 humorous lacking or deficient in a specified respect: vertically challenged …   English new terms dictionary

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