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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  I  challenge  any  man  to  make  any  pretense  to  power  by 
  right  of  fatherhood.  --Locke. 
 
  2.  To  call  invite,  or  summon  to  answer  for  an  offense  by 
  personal  combat. 
 
  By  this  I  challenge  him  to  single  fight.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  To  claim  as  due;  to  demand  as  a  right 
 
  Challenge  better  terms.  --Addison. 
 
  4.  To  censure;  to  blame.  [Obs.] 
 
  He  complained  of  the  emperors  .  .  .  and  challenged 
  them  for  that  he  had  no  greater  revenues  .  .  .  from 
  them  --Holland. 
 
  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?'' 
 
  6.  To  take  exception  to  question;  as  to  challenge  the 
  accuracy  of  a  statement  or  of  a  quotation. 
 
  7.  (Law)  To  object  to  or  take  exception  to  as  to  a  juror,  or 
  member  of  a  court. 
 
  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.] 
 
  {To  challenge  to  the}  {array,  favor,  polls}.  See  under 
  {Challenge},  n. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  challenging 
  adj  1:  requiring  full  use  of  your  abilities  or  resources; 
  "ambitious  schedule";  "performed  the  most  challenging 
  task  without  a  mistake"  [syn:  {ambitious}] 
  2:  stimulating  interest  or  thought;  "a  challenging  hypothesis"; 
  "a  thought-provoking  book"  [syn:  {thought-provoking}] 
  3:  disturbingly  provocative;  "an  intriguing  smile"  [syn:  {intriguing}] 




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