daunt·​ing | \ ˈdȯn-tiŋ \

Definition of daunting

: tending to overwhelm or intimidate a daunting task

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Other Words from daunting

dauntingly \ ˈdȯn-​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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In travel, that question usually arises when the journey to a place seems too daunting to do. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "Why India’s Andaman Islands Could Be the New Maldives," 4 Jan. 2019 Even decarbonizing the economy by 2050, as Carlock’s report calls for, is an extraordinarily daunting challenge, involving hundreds of discrete policy problems, each facing their own dilemmas and entrenched interests. David Roberts, Vox, "The Green New Deal, explained," 21 Dec. 2018 Apple is up against more daunting issues in India, which will have an estimated 39 million new smartphone owners this year, according to eMarketer. Tripp Mickle, WSJ, "‘It’s Been a Rout’: Apple’s iPhones Fall Flat in World’s Largest Untapped Market," 18 Dec. 2018 Coupled with Wednesday’s findings, that drumbeat of daunting news has cast a considerable pall over the international climate talks in Poland, which began this week and are scheduled to run through Dec. 14. Chris Mooney, The Seattle Times, "‘We are in trouble.’ Global carbon emissions reached a record high in 2018.," 5 Dec. 2018 For the second season of Life Is Strange, developer Dontnod Entertainment faced the simple and daunting challenge of sanding off the series' rough edges while keeping its warm heart intact. Julie Muncy, Ars Technica, "Life Is Strange 2, episode 1 review: New setting, same heart," 28 Sep. 2018 For many of us, the concept of actively participating in a dream can feel a bit daunting. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Is Lucid Dreaming? Your Guide to Exploring Your Subconscious," 18 Sep. 2018 So wave goodbye to daunting paint stores and say hello to Clare. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "This Millennial Paint Brand is Bringing Sexy Back To Home Design," 31 July 2018 That makes Baldwin’s challenge less daunting than the ones facing Donnelly or Heitkamp, where the math requires them to win a sizeable number of Trump voters on Republican turf. USA TODAY, "'Pivot counties' will be key in fight for Senate control," 10 July 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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tremendous in size, volume, or degree

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