challenging

adjective chal·leng·ing \ -lən-jiŋ \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

challengingly

play \-jiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of challenging in a Sentence

  1. I find the job challenging and fun.

  2. Teaching is challenging but rewarding work.

  3. It's a challenging book that requires careful reading.

  4. The slope was challenging for even the most experienced climbers.

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Origin and Etymology of challenging


CHALLENGING Defined for English Language Learners

challenging

adjective

Definition of challenging for English Language Learners

  • : difficult in a way that is usually interesting or enjoyable



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