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challenge

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of challenge

  1. 1 a feeling or declaration of disapproval or dissent <there were no serious challenges to the legislative bill, so it passed easily> Synonyms objection, complaint, demur, demurral, demurrer, difficulty, exception, expostulation, fuss, kick, protest, question, remonstrance, stinkRelated Words compunction, doubt, misgiving, qualm, scruple; misunderstanding; cavil, niggle [chiefly British], quibble; argument, conflict, debate, dispute, dissent, hassle, quarrel, squabble, static; censure, criticism; defiance, disobedience, rebellion; distrust, distrustfulness, dubiety, dubitation [archaic], incertitude, indetermination, misdoubt, mistrust, mistrustfulness, reservation, skepticism, suspicion, uncertainty; qualmishness, unease, uneasiness; reluctance, unwillingnessNear Antonyms willingness; approval, sanction; acceptance, acquiescence, agreement, assent; compliance, obedience

  2. 2 something that requires thought and skill for resolution <the many challenges facing developing countries in the 21st century> Synonyms case, problem, knot, matter, nut, troubleRelated Words issue, question; corner, fix, hole, hot water, jam, mire, pickle, predicament, quagmire, spot; crux, Gordian knot, sticky wicket, toughie (also toughy); catch-22, dilemma, quandary; catch, glitch, hitch, pitfall, snag; conundrum, enigma, mystery, puzzle, puzzlement, riddle; brainteaser, perplexer, poser, stumperNear Antonyms magic bullet, silver bullet; cure-all, panaceaAntonyms answer, solution


challenge

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of challenge

  1. 1 to demand proof of the truth or rightness of <don't hesitate to challenge any statement that generalizes about people> Synonyms contest, dispute, impeach, oppugn, query, question Related Words doubt, mistrust; kick (about), object (to), protest; combat, fight, oppose, resist Phrases call in (or into) question Near Antonyms back, defend, support; advocate, champion, promote; abide, endure, stomach, tolerate Antonyms accept, believe, embrace, swallow

  2. 2 to invite (someone) to take part in a contest or to perform a feat <I challenge you to swim to the other side of the pond> Synonyms dare, defy, stump Related Words beard, brave, brazen, breast, confront, face, outbrave, outface

  3. 3 to have as a requirement <having to put up with an overbearing boss challenges forbearance> Synonyms bear, need, claim, demand, necessitate, require, take, want, warrantRelated Words entail, involve; ask, beg, claim, clamor (for), cry (for); hurt (for), lack; command, enjoin, exact, insist, press, quest, stipulateNear Antonyms own, possessAntonyms have, hold



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