chal·​leng·​ing | \ ˈcha-lən-jiŋ How to pronounce challenging (audio) \

Definition of challenging

1 : arousing competitive interest, thought, or action a challenging course of study a challenging job
2 : invitingly provocative : fascinating a challenging personality challenging questions

Other Words from challenging

challengingly \ ˈcha-​lən-​jiŋ-​lē How to pronounce challenging (audio) \ adverb

Examples of challenging in a Sentence

I find the job challenging and fun. Teaching is challenging but rewarding work. It's a challenging book that requires careful reading. The slope was challenging for even the most experienced climbers.
Recent Examples on the Web But the return of shoppers to physical stores, as well as a more challenging economic outlook due to inflation and supply-chain disruptions, has put pressure on its business. Kristin Broughton, WSJ, 3 Aug. 2022 The past couple of years have underscored just how challenging forecasting can be. Dorothy Li, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 Temperatures have remained abnormally high at night, making finding relief after the sunsets even more challenging for residents – many of whom don't have air conditioning in their homes. Cady Stanton, USA TODAY, 31 July 2022 With the average cost of tenant turnover ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, according to, and because evicting someone can be a challenging process in Massachusetts, landlords have an incentive to negotiate., 31 July 2022 This year’s SummerFest is the first since 2019 to have a truly international ensemble perform here live, a feat made more challenging by the pandemic. Beth Woodcontributor, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 July 2022 The timing of the DHS announcement comes just three months before Kelly faces a challenging re-election in Arizona where the GOP is hoping to pick up a seat in the Senate. Thomas Phippen, Fox News, 29 July 2022 Even the world’s most valuable tech company isn’t immune to the more challenging global economic climate. Clare Duffy, CNN, 28 July 2022 The couple is thankful for all the support fans have extended during this challenging period of their lives as newlyweds. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 27 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of challenging

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for challenging

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“Challenging.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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