Synonyms of challenge


1. challenge, situation, state of affairs

usage: a demanding or stimulating situation; "they reacted irrationally to the challenge of Russian power"

2. challenge, speech act

usage: a call to engage in a contest or fight

3. challenge, questioning, inquiring

usage: questioning a statement and demanding an explanation; "his challenge of the assumption that Japan is still our enemy"

4. challenge, objection

usage: a formal objection to the selection of a particular person as a juror

5. challenge, demand

usage: a demand by a sentry for a password or identification


1. challenge, dispute, gainsay, contest, contend, repugn

usage: take exception to; "She challenged his claims"

2. challenge, invite, bid

usage: issue a challenge to; "Fischer challenged Spassky to a match"

3. challenge, request, bespeak, call for, quest

usage: ask for identification; "The illegal immigrant was challenged by the border guard"

4. challenge, take exception, object

usage: raise a formal objection in a court of law

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Definition and meaning of challenge (Dictionary)