UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈtʃælɪndʒɪŋ/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈtʃælɪndʒɪŋ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(chalin jing)

From the verb challenge: (⇒ conjugate)
challenging is: Click the infinitive to see all available inflections
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
WordReference English Collocations © 2020


Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. is challenging to [find, master, keep, get]
  2. is challenging for [some, many]
  3. is challenging in terms of
  4. will be challenging but [rewarding, stimulating, interesting]
  5. is [more, less] challenging than
  6. can be challenging at times
  7. in these challenging times
  8. find it (very) challenging (to)
  9. a challenging [work, school, home] environment
  10. a challenging [course, class, situation]
  11. challenging (childhood) behavior
  12. is a challenging [child, baby, student]
  13. is a challenging [task, request]
  14. a challenging [career, role] in
  15. was [quite, particularly] challenging
  16. are the most challenging [points, aspects]
  17. gave her a challenging [glare, look]
  18. a challenging [glint, glare, glimmer] in his eyes
  19. spoke in a challenging [tone, voice]
WordReference English Collocations © 2020


Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. was a [complete, total, real] challenge
  2. is [a difficult, an impossible, an insurmountable] challenge
  3. the [greatest, most difficult] challenge [yet, to date]
  4. a [legal, constitutional] challenge
  5. is [an ongoing, a continuous] challenge
  6. a [daunting, particular, formidable] challenge
  7. poses a [real, legal] challenge
  8. [will, should, is bound to] be a [daunting] challenge
  9. is a growing challenge (in, to)
  10. can be a challenge [at times, sometimes]
  11. is [facing, undergoing] a challenge
  12. is always such a challenge with you
  13. [he, this job] is always a challenge
  14. [needs, is looking for] a [fresh, new] challenge
  15. [can, will] rise to the challenge (of)
  16. I accept your challenge to (a match)
  17. took (him up) on the challenge
  18. set me the challenge of [finding, making, going, living]
  19. turned down the challenge
  20. is a challenge to [finish on time, go out in the snow]
  21. the challenge of [creating, providing, managing]
  22. a challenge to [authority, the status quo]
  23. a little challenge is good for you
  24. a challenge to your [faith, morals, convictions]
  25. tennis: has [two, three] challenges left
  1. challenged him to a [duel, competition, game]
  2. the [exam, interview, race, obstacle course] challenged him
  3. challenge him to [develop, increase, find, make]
  4. challenged by [his opponent, her adversary, the outsider]
  5. challenge yourself
  6. challenge [the decision, the ruling, her opinion]
  7. challenge it in court
  8. challenged the [constitutionality, legality, validity] (of)
  9. challenge the [notion, idea] of
  10. challenge the [norm, status quo]
  11. challenge (my) authority
  12. challenged on the basis of
  13. challenged and [changed, defeated, inspired, encouraged]
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