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  1. [noun] a demanding or stimulating situation; "they reacted irrationally to the challenge of Russian power"

  2. [noun] a call to engage in a contest or fight

  3. [noun] questioning a statement and demanding an explanation; "his challenge of the assumption that Japan is still our enemy"

  4. [noun] a formal objection to the selection of a particular person as a juror

  5. [noun] a demand by a sentry for a password or identification

  6. [verb] take exception to; "She challenged his claims"
    Synonyms: dispute, gainsay

  7. [verb] issue a challenge to; "Fischer challenged Spassky to a match"

  8. [verb] ask for identification; "The illegal immigrant was challenged by the border guard"

  9. [verb] raise a formal objection in a court of law
    Synonyms: take exception


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