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noun     challenge pronunciation in British English
/ˈtʃæləndʒ/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] something that needs a lot of skill, energy, and determination to deal with or achieve, especially something you have never done before and will enjoy doing

    I was bored with my job and felt I needed a new challenge.

    meet a challenge (=deal with it successfully):

    Are western nations ready to meet the enormous environmental challenges that lie ahead?

    challenge of:

    We were all keen walkers, and enjoyed the challenge of this remote place.

    the challenge is to do something:

    The challenge for policy-makers is to achieve economic growth without damaging the environment.

    face a challenge (=have to deal with one):

    The new government faces the daunting challenge of completing the building on time.

  2. 2
    [countable] an action or idea that questions whether something is true, accurate, or legal

    He began a legal challenge to clear his name.

    challenge to:

    There seems to be no significant challenge to the party’s free-market ideology.

    pose/present a challenge to something:

    Recent discoveries pose a serious challenge to accepted views on the age of the universe.

    1. a.
      a refusal to accept someone’s authority
      challenge to:

      The strike was seen as a direct challenge to the authority of the government.

      mount a challenge (=make one):

      They have failed to mount a serious challenge to the existing leadership.

  3. 3
    [countable] an invitation to someone to compete or fight, especially in sport
    challenge for:

    Federer returned to make a major challenge for the Wimbledon title.

    issue a challenge:

    One of the men issued the challenge, ‘I’ll take on any two of you.’

  4. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    4
    rise to the challenge to deal successfully with a difficult situation or problem

    She was asked to run the family business at the age of twenty and she rose to the challenge.

    Submitted by georgia kelesi from Greece on 22/01/2017
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