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challenging

adjective

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2 requiring much time, effort, or careful attention
  • a challenging test designed to whittle down the number of contestants

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challenging

verb
present participle of challenge

Synonyms & Antonyms of challenging (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to demand proof of the truth or rightness of
  • don't hesitate to challenge any statement that generalizes about people

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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

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3 to have as a requirement
  • having to put up with an overbearing boss challenges forbearance

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The first known use of challenging was in 1842

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“Challenging.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/challenging. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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