Definition of challenging in US English:

challenging

adjective

  • 1Testing one's abilities; demanding.

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

challenging

/ˈtʃælənˌdʒɪŋ//ˈCHalənˌjiNG/