challenge


challenge
challenge chal‧lenge [ˈtʆælndʒ] noun [countable]
1. ACCOUNTING a careful check of the cash and shares etc held by the employees of a company, as part of an official check to discover if there has been any dishonesty
2. something difficult that you feel determined to solve or achieve:

• Now the company's challenge is to work out a plan to settle its $1.5 billion in debts.

• Population growth is the most formidable challenge facing the nation.

3. a refusal to accept that something is right and legal:

• The suit is a major challenge to Georgia's election laws.

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challenge UK US /ˈtʃælɪndʒ/ noun
[C or U] a job, duty, or situation that is difficult because you must use a lot of effort, determination, and skill in order to be successful: accept/face/meet a challenge »

After significant losses last year, the company now faces the challenge of trying to repair its reputation with investors.

be/pose/present a challenge »

The weakness of the dollar could pose a challenge to the company's expansion plans.

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As a software developer he enjoys the challenge of working with cutting-edge technology.

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She was getting bored at work and felt she needed a new challenge.

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Finding time to do the work has proven a real challenge.

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a big/major/serious challenge

[C] an invitation for someone to compete against you or for you to prove that you can achieve a particular goal: challenge from sb »

Responding to a challenge from dissident shareholders, the board approved a number of steps to enhance shareholder value.

[C] an act of asking whether something is true or legal, or whether someone has the authority or right to do something: mount/launch a challenge against »

Unions are planning to launch a legal challenge against the airline for changing the work schedules of 14,000 cabin crew.

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challenge UK US /ˈtʃælɪndʒ/ verb [T]
to officially question whether something is true or legal, or whether someone has the authority or right to do something: »

Keep copies of all written correspondence to support your case if the company later challenges you for further payment.

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Corporate lawyers challenged the ban, but the court upheld it last year.

to compete against someone or ask them to prove that they can achieve a particular goal: challenge sb to do sth »

Consumers are challenging manufacturers to adopt greener policies.

to encourage someone to increase their skills, determination, abilities, etc. by making them do something new or difficult: »

People are just looking for jobs that will challenge and inspire them.

to cause difficulties for someone or something: »

Local businesses have been greatly challenged by the recession.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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