Definition of challenging in English:

challenging

adjective

  • 1Testing one's abilities; demanding.

    ‘challenging and rewarding employment’
    ‘the current challenging economic environment’
    • ‘Estuarine sediments present a particularly challenging problem for anyone attempting to predict the consequences of human modifications to the structure of an estuary.’
    • ‘To his surprise, almost all demonstrated extraordinary competence at challenging tasks in the real adult world.’
    • ‘You could have chosen a much safer, less challenging topic for your first attempt at a novel.’
    • ‘Still, even in such a challenging environment there is room for new talent in the financial services industry.’
    • ‘During my training contract, I've enjoyed a variety of work with a high level of responsibility which has therefore been very challenging.’
    • ‘The nine-mile route with 4000 ft of climb is a challenging proposition.’
    • ‘Fairview is a 1,500-foot granite dome formed by glaciation, with a challenging, nearly vertical face.’
    • ‘The bedroom scene is one of the most challenging for Juliet.’
    • ‘Offering concrete guidance for therapists facing challenging clinical situations, the book facilitates a strengths-based focus without romanticizing families or minimizing their difficulties.’
    • ‘It is also important to recognise the action being taken to manage challenging prisoner profiles.’
    • ‘Terror films stimulate the development of cognitive strategies for coping with challenging circumstances.’
    • ‘The Strasbourg Court has also upheld the procedure for challenging land reform orders issued by local authorities in Austria.’
    • ‘Starting in Lhasa, the 15-day adventure takes you on a challenging trek over 16,900-foot Kong La Pass.’
    • ‘The evaluation of suicide risk is a challenging clinical task.’
    • ‘The first year is going to be most challenging.’
    • ‘However, this should be a more challenging operation.’
    • ‘Director Charlotte George has done well to maintain a straightforward approach to highly challenging material.’
    • ‘Clearly they'd got their adrenalin highs on the challenging white waters of the Black River.’
    • ‘However, this sponsorship scheme will be his most challenging yet.’
    • ‘The lessons learned from the civil rights movement teaches us to walk with our heads held high even during challenging times.’
    demanding, testing, taxing, exacting, exigent, searching
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    1. 1.1 Inviting competition; provocative.
      ‘there was a challenging glint in his eyes’
      • ‘She quickly rose from oblivion to become a star for her courage and challenging character.’
      • ‘They have a challenging look in their eyes at times.’
      • ‘Recently she held a seminar for over 80 principals from all over the country to spread this challenging concept.’
      • ‘Feminist critique here draws on the energies of Kantian moral theory to think, in a challenging way, about the concerns of the present.’
      • ‘Through their efforts, many new initiatives have come to fruition, programs that will benefit the membership in these challenging times.’
      • ‘Perhaps the most challenging words in Jesus ' commission were the standards He set for every one of His followers.’
      • ‘One aspect of functional assessment is the evaluation of the influence of antecedent events on the occurence of challenging behaviors.’
      • ‘Despite these challenging conditions, neither Marcus nor his car missed a beat - winning by nearly a minute.’
      • ‘They are both very challenging in their own ways.’
      • ‘Well folks, we will do the challenging.’
      • ‘Esther will bring her own Birmingham-based band, with some challenging arrangements by pianist Gerry Spencer.’
      • ‘But interviewing young people raises some of the most challenging questions faced by journalists.’
      • ‘Never shy about belting out R-rated language, he enjoys challenging staff members on issues, even at parties.’
      • ‘Too often, dancehall DJs attempt to cross over by recycling, say, Juice Newton tunes instead of taking the more challenging, purist route.’
      • ‘The topic is "Being a parent is a very challenging role in today's society."’
      • ‘Elizabeth must have seen the skeptical look on his face for her right eyebrow raised in a challenging gesture.’
      • ‘In neither case did Millet's portrayal of rural labor or his challenging style mark the painting's worth.’
      • ‘Here I saw one of our Pacific neighbours going through a very challenging time.’
      • ‘Some news staff are already worrying that the Neil review will stifle challenging reporting.’
      • ‘Students develop their range of physical skills, at their own pace, in an enjoyable and challenging atmosphere.’
      dare, summon, invite, bid, throw down the gauntlet to, defy someone to do something
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Pronunciation

challenging

/ˈtʃalɪn(d)ʒɪŋ/