challenge
I. verb (challenged; challenging) Etymology: Middle English chalengen to accuse, from Anglo-French chalenger, from Latin calumniari to accuse falsely, from calumnia calumny Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. to demand as due or deserved ; require <
an event that challenges explanation
>
2. to order to halt and prove identity <
the sentry challenged the stranger
>
3. to dispute especially as being unjust, invalid, or outmoded ; impugn <
new data that challenges old assumptions
>
4. to question formally the legality or legal qualifications of <
challenge a juror
>
5. a. to confront or defy boldly ; dare <
he challenged his critics to prove his guilt
>
b. to call out to duel or combat c. to invite into competition <
he challenged his brother to a tennis match
>
6. to arouse or stimulate especially by presenting with difficulties <
she wants a job that will challenge her
>
7. to administer a physiological and especially an immunologic challenge to (an organism or cell) intransitive verb 1. to make or present a challenge 2. to take legal exception • challenger noun II. noun Date: 14th century 1. a. a summons that is often threatening, provocative, stimulating, or inciting; specifically a summons to a duel to answer an affront b. an invitation to compete in a sport 2. a. a calling to account or into question ; protest b. an exception taken to a juror before the juror is sworn c. a sentry's command to halt and prove identity d. a questioning of the right or validity of a vote or voter 3. a stimulating task or problem <
looking for new challenges
>
4. the act or process of provoking or testing physiological activity by exposure to a specific substance; especially a test of immunity by exposure to an antigen

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • challenge — chal·lenge 1 vt chal·lenged, chal·leng·ing 1: to dispute esp. as being invalid or unjust counsel challenged this interpretation 2: to question formally (as by a suit or motion) the legality or legal qualifications of challenge the regulations;… …   Law dictionary

  • challenge — [ ʃalɑ̃ʒ; tʃalɛndʒ ] n. m. • 1884; mot angl. « défi »; a. fr. « débat, chicane », forme pop. du lat. calumnia → calomnie ♦ Anglic. 1 ♦ Épreuve sportive dans laquelle le vainqueur détient un prix, un titre jusqu à ce qu un vainqueur nouveau l en… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • challenge — chal‧lenge [ˈtʆælndʒ] noun [countable] 1. ACCOUNTING a careful check of the cash and shares etc held by the employees of a company, as part of an official check to discover if there has been any dishonesty 2. something difficult that you feel… …   Financial and business terms

  • Challenge — Chal lenge, n. [OE. chalenge claim, accusation, challenge, OF. chalenge, chalonge, claim, accusation, contest, fr. L. calumnia false accusation, chicanery. See {Calumny}.] 1. An invitation to engage in a contest or controversy of any kind; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Challenge — Hebdo  Pour l’article homonyme, voir Challenges.   Challenge Hebdo {{{nomorigine}}} …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Challenge — Brownsville, CA U.S. Census Designated Place in California Population (2000): 1069 Housing Units (2000): 580 Land area (2000): 9.664709 sq. miles (25.031480 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000):… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • challenge — [chal′ənj] n. [ME & OFr chalenge, accusation, claim, dispute < L calumnia, CALUMNY] 1. a demand for identification [a sentry gave the challenge] 2. a calling into question; a demanding of proof, explanation, etc. [a challenge of the premises… …   English World dictionary

  • Challenge — (engl. für „Herausforderung“) bezeichnet: das Sicherheitsprotokoll Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol das Plattenlabel Challenge Records einen Begriff aus dem American Football die internationale Serie von Triathlon Wettkämpfen Challenge …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • challenge — s.n. 1. v. şalanj. 2. Challenge round = etapă finală (pentru disputarea cupei). [pron. ce lengi. / < engl. challenge]. Trimis de LauraGellner, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DN …   Dicționar Român

  • Challenge — Chal lenge, v. i. To assert a right; to claim a place. [1913 Webster] Where nature doth with merit challenge. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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