Definition of challenging in English:


Syllabification: chal·leng·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈCHalənjiNG


  • 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.
    demanding, testing, taxing, exacting; stretching, exciting, stimulating, inspiring; difficult, tough, hard, formidable, onerous, arduous, strenuous, grueling
    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



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  • 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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