daunt·​ing | \ˈdȯn-tiŋ \

Definition of daunting 

: tending to overwhelm or intimidate a daunting task

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Other Words from daunting

dauntingly \ -​tiŋ-​lē \ adverb

Examples of daunting in a Sentence

Few things are more daunting than having to speak in front of a large crowd. Shakespeare's plays can be daunting for a young reader.

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Lovren’s chief assignment will be arguably the most daunting one in soccer today – to stop Kylian Mbappe. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "How the World Cup final between France and Croatia will be won," 13 July 2018 President Donald Trump’s legislative affairs director is heading for the exits just as the White House gears up for a major Supreme Court nomination battle and approaches a daunting midterm election landscape. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Fox News Power Rankings: Hello, Wisconsin," 12 July 2018 Although the ingredient list sounds slightly daunting (acids, ah!), this product is totally safe to use daily on sensitive skin. Sarah Kinonen, Allure, "Herbivore Botanicals' New Prism Exfoliating Glow Potion Is the Prettiest Serum of the Summer," 12 July 2018 Despite the agency’s growth, the number of children in need remains daunting. NBC News, "Death of Anthony Avalos has parallels to another child abuse case in L.A.," 8 July 2018 Espersen said that Lexus’s goal is to provide access and funding to designers interested in sustainability, in order to make a daunting process more accessible. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Rosario Dawson Just Won a Big Sustainable Fashion Award," 27 June 2018 Rescuers faced daunting challenges, from decreasing oxygen levels and fears of further flooding. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "After a Successful Cave Rescue, Thailand's Navy SEALs Will Add Cave-Diving to Their Training," 13 July 2018 Department of Justice lawyers asked for an extension of Tuesday's deadline, saying federal agencies acted as quickly as possible but face a daunting challenge that includes complicated cases. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "Parent and child separated for months 'might be U.S. citizens,' immigration officials say," 11 July 2018 Despite the retailer’s vast reach, entering the market presented a daunting logistical challenge in terms of licensing and dealing with a range of private and government payers. Robert Langreth And Zachary Tracer, chicagotribune.com, "Amazon makes $1 billion splash into health care with PillPack pact," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of daunting

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for daunting

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The first known use of daunting was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of daunting

: tending to make people afraid or less confident : very difficult to do or deal with


daunt·​ing | \ˈdȯn-tiŋ \

Kids Definition of daunting

: likely to discourage or frighten a daunting challenge

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to express warning or disapproval

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