Definition of challenging in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈCHalənˌjiNG/


1Testing one’s abilities; demanding: challenging and rewarding employment
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  • Terror films stimulate the development of cognitive strategies for coping with challenging circumstances.
  • The nine-mile route with 4000 ft of climb is a challenging proposition.
  • The evaluation of suicide risk is a challenging clinical task.
stretching, exciting, stimulating, inspiring;
formal exigent
1.1Inviting competition; provocative: there was a challenging glint in his eyes
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  • Elizabeth must have seen the skeptical look on his face for her right eyebrow raised in a challenging gesture.
  • In neither case did Millet's portrayal of rural labor or his challenging style mark the painting's worth.
  • Never shy about belting out R-rated language, he enjoys challenging staff members on issues, even at parties.
dare, summon, throw down the gauntlet to



Example sentences
  • What is, on paper, a primarily interior experience, stumbles on film with a clunky visual style that remains merely literal instead of challengingly literary.
  • And, more challengingly still, he wants the security response to take place ‘within rights’ rather than in opposition to them.
  • They don't bash their heads against the divider - they just splay their fins and the little ruff around their neck, and stare challengingly at one another.

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Syllabification: chal·leng·ing

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