Definition of daunting in English:



  • Seeming difficult to deal with in prospect; intimidating.

    ‘a daunting task’
    • ‘Choosing just 75 drawings from the collection presented Clayton with a daunting task.’
    • ‘On top of this, a Shakespeare monologue or script had to be learnt - a daunting prospect indeed.’
    • ‘Mrs Britton, 32, said that starting a pub from scratch is a daunting task but well worth the hard work.’
    • ‘She's packed enough clothes for everyone so that she won't be faced with the daunting task of doing the laundry.’
    • ‘Handling the sheer volume of such server-generated virus detected messages can be a daunting task.’
    • ‘Starting your own business at the tender age of 23 would seem a daunting task for most people.’
    • ‘Don't let yourself be put off, however, by the daunting prospect of a 79-mile walk.’
    • ‘Going to university is a daunting prospect for many of us currently studying at A-level.’
    • ‘If you haven't been in a gym since school, joining can be a daunting prospect.’
    • ‘Undergoing major organ transplantation is a daunting prospect for anyone.’
    • ‘For our police to be both effective and humane is a daunting task.’
    • ‘He faces the daunting prospect of up to three different exams in one day.’
    • ‘To follow in her footsteps must be a daunting prospect for any other actor or singer.’
    • ‘Standing motionless for hours on end may seem like a daunting task to most people, but they consider it fun.’
    • ‘It is a daunting task for any Government to ensure the health of the citizens.’
    • ‘When Clark was placed with the team, working with a chief superintendent was quite a daunting prospect.’
    • ‘The sight of the massive queue must have been daunting, but you dealt with the situation magnificently.’
    • ‘Was it a daunting task to make a film about the life of someone who was still very much alive?’
    • ‘Stepping on court against a four-year-old shouldn't be a daunting prospect.’
    • ‘Making a fresh start once a divorce is finalised will be a daunting prospect.’
    intimidating, formidable, disconcerting, unnerving, unsettling, dismaying
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