Definition of challenging in English:



  • 1Testing one's abilities; demanding.

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