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Pronunciation: /ˈtʃæləndʒ; ˈtʃælɪndʒ/

Translation of challenge in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 (summon) desafiar*, retar one knight challenged the other un caballero desafió or retó al otro he challenged him to a duel lo desafió a un duelo, lo retó a duelo to challenge sb to + infinitive/infinitivo desafiar* a algn a que + subjunctive/subjuntivo I challenge you to prove that! ¡lo desafío a que lo demuestre! 1.2 (offer competition to) no one can challenge the leaders now nadie puede hacer peligrar la posición de los líderes they'll be challenged by a coalition at the next election en las próximas elecciones se les enfrentará una coalición 1.3 (question) [authority/right/findings] cuestionar; [assumption/idea/theory] cuestionar, poner* en entredicho or en duda or en tela de juicio
    Example sentences
    • He said that either a Newton Hearing, in which the disputed evidence is challenged, or an agreed basis of plea needed to take place before he could proceed with the case.
    • Morrison completes her trilogy by confronting contemporary race and gender representations and challenging declarations of truth and law.
    • By saying she doesn't remember she is tacitly accepting the truth by not challenging it.
  • 2 (stimulate) suponer* or constituir* un reto or un desafío para this job will really challenge him este trabajo realmente supondrá or constituirá un reto or un desafío para él
    Example sentences
    • The rare breeds hatchery business has challenged them, Drowns says.
    • No strategy he could come up with would challenge him enough to spark interest.
    • During the trading year, random events could spring up to challenge your ability to manage the business through such unforeseen situations.
  • 3 3.1 (stop) [Military/Militar] darle* el alto a she was challenged by a store detective un guarda de seguridad la abordó 3.2 [Law/Derecho] [juror] recusar
    Example sentences
    • The parties to any jury trial may inspect a copy of the panel from which the jury in their trial will be chosen, in order to decide whether any should be challenged
    • Defence Counsel may challenge two jury candidates and jurors will be asked if they have any connection with case or defendant.
    • Since one is not allowed to select jurors, but only to challenge (deselect) them, traditional approaches to jury selection have focused on identification and challenge of undesirable jurors
    Example sentences
    • A pioneer in liquid crystal displays, Sharp has seen its once-dominant position challenged by Taiwanese and Korean rivals.
    • Fan is so far the only candidate and no one has yet emerged from the democratic camp to challenge the position she has held for the past seven years.
    • The impressive and young Nurney team have not lost sight of the fact that they are one win away from getting themselves into a promotion challenging position.
    Example sentences
    • The security guard challenged him outside the building and the youngster gave himself up.
    • Harkishin was challenged by security guards when he approached the checkout on Sunday.
    • Sometimes a guard will challenge me and demand to see my pass.


  • 1 countable/numerable 1.1 (to duel, race) desafío (masculine), reto (masculine) to issue a challenge to sb desafiar* or retar a algn to take up o accept the challenge aceptar el reto or desafío 1.2 (competition) rival (masculine) the Democrats are a serious challenge to the government los demócratas constituyen un serio rival para el gobierno 1.3 (disputing) I cannot tolerate this challenge to my authority no tolero que se cuestione mi autoridad
  • 2 c and u (stimulation) reto (masculine), desafío (masculine) it isn't going to be easy, but I like a challenge no va a ser fácil, pero me gusta todo lo que supone or constituye un reto or un desafío

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