challenge (someone) to (something)

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challenge (someone) to (something)

To dare or provoke one to participate in something, such as a competition. I ushered Bob out the door as soon as that obnoxious guy challenged him to a fight. Jenna is really good at basketball, so don't challenge her to a game unless you're OK with losing!
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challenge someone to something

to dare someone to do something; to invite someone to compete at something. I challenge you to a round of golf. Jerry challenged us to a debate of the issues.
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Our coach challenged us to be more fearless, to be bolder,' said Gutierrez.
Remarked David Hulick, OSRAM SYLVANIA global product manager for auxiliary lighting, "Volkswagen challenged us to create a new 'look' for the classic VW bus without changing the vehicle's structure or character.
For the first time in my 25 years of experience in the construction industry we have an administration that has challenged us to think big and be creative.
It would star Barry Melancon, who challenged us to look past the numbers.
Bush has challenged us to create a culture of responsibility where we are a nation that serves goals larger than self,'' Polidore said.
She challenged us to try and work out what it all meant - so here's our latest attempt.
Mark Victor Hansen once challenged us to figure out a way to sell one million books .
He has similarly challenged us to examine how, despite all our seemingly theoretical sophistication, we still assume that people in the past wished to be like us--comfortable.
A teacher of mine once challenged us to voice our anger, hopelessness, gratitude or happinesss by writing psalms--hymns or poems addressed to God--of praise, thanksgiving, despair.
The conference challenged us to promote the positive change before us, to take the lead on the frightening trail ahead, and to responsibly accept our role as central to redrafting the world as we know it.
As Catholics, the Second Vatican Council challenged us to read the signs of the times with eyes of believers, meaning that we come to the conversations of culture with one ear on the voices of our faith.
In solving encryption problems for large enterprise customers and government agencies, our customers worked with us and challenged us to overcome the policy/key management problems and scalability issues they faced with existing approaches," commented Ron Willis, President and CEO of CipherOptics.
Entergy has openly shared their goals and objectives with our team and challenged us to deliver top tier results.
She challenged us to come up with a proposal and that she would help,'' Villas said.
In building this facility, our community leaders once again challenged us to fulfill our mission to deliver the affordable and reliable power that Anaheim needs now and into the future," said Marcie Edwards, general manager for Anaheim Public Utilities.