Translation of challenge in Spanish:


desafiar, v.

Pronunciation /ˈtʃæləndʒ/ /ˈtʃalɪn(d)ʒ/

transitive verb

  • 1

    • 1.1(summon)

      to challenge sb to + inf desafiar a algn a que + subj

      • I challenge you to prove that!
      one knight challenged the other un caballero desafió / retó al otro
      • he challenged him to a duel lo desafió a un duelo

    • 1.2(offer competition to)

      no one can challenge the leaders now nadie puede hacer peligrar la posición de los líderes
      • they'll be challenged by a coalition at the next election en las próximas elecciones se les enfrentará una coalición

    • 1.3(question)

      (authority/right/findings) cuestionar
      (assumption/idea/theory) cuestionar
      (assumption/idea/theory) poner en entredicho
      (assumption/idea/theory) poner en duda
      (assumption/idea/theory) poner en tela de juicio
      • A pioneer in liquid crystal displays, Sharp has seen its once-dominant position challenged by Taiwanese and Korean rivals.
      • Fan is so far the only candidate and no one has yet emerged from the democratic camp to challenge the position she has held for the past seven years.
      • The impressive and young Nurney team have not lost sight of the fact that they are one win away from getting themselves into a promotion challenging position.
      • On top of that Coulthard started winning races from the front and challenging Hakkinen's position within the team.
      • The latest find suggest the huge pythons might even challenge alligators' leading position in the food chain.
      • Since the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 Britain's Royal Navy had been the dominant fighting fleet in the world; now Germany was challenging this position.
      • Well, no one was challenging my position so I would keep it until someone was ready to take my place.
      • Today, as a fellow countryman challenges for the championship lead, he worries that the sport's decision to re-embrace computer aids could put drivers at risk in Monaco.
      • Pat's are now in a strong position to challenge for league honours.
      • Still, it seems that both teams have the capacity to challenge for honours this season.
      • If all the pieces mesh nicely, they could challenge for the East title.
      • "It will be a change challenging for the title rather than battling relegation".
      • Right now, are Newcastle any nearer to challenging for the title than Liverpool?
      • By the time he left Cowdenbeath, the club were challenging for promotion.
      • They are challenging for promotion and have a big, experienced squad.
      • Brighton boss Micky Adams believes a resurgent York City will be challenging for promotion next season.
      • Kelly would be able to challenge for a starting spot at a position of need.
      • He is now nicely poised to challenge for the top spot.
      • The Bulls were expected to challenge for a playoff spot but instead got blasted early this season.
      • Once that title was won, no Bonaparte in Pakistan would dare to challenge him for the leadership mantle.
      • He said that either a Newton Hearing, in which the disputed evidence is challenged, or an agreed basis of plea needed to take place before he could proceed with the case.
      • Morrison completes her trilogy by confronting contemporary race and gender representations and challenging declarations of truth and law.
      • By saying she doesn't remember she is tacitly accepting the truth by not challenging it.
      • Both lawsuits challenge the constitutionality of holding immigration hearings in secrecy.
      • Anyway, it appears California's speed camera rules have been successfully challenged in court.
      • A similar care order secured on the child of another couple has been successfully challenged in the courts.
      • Fast-paced, relevant and worldly, it directly challenges Western notions about the universalizing effects of literature.
      • One part is to challenge directly the notion that there is an obligation to carry out a war against disease.
      • Davis supporters had filed a lawsuit challenging the validity of some of the recall signatures.
      • Now no member state would openly challenge the legitimacy of the institution's role.
      • Many others before you have made the decision to openly challenge the legitimacy of my marriage.
      • He challenged existing theoretical propositions which he believed were only rationalization of current practices.
      • They challenge existing theories and accepted musical norms, always striving to keep a step ahead.
      • At least one murder conviction is to be challenged on the basis of "flawed" fingerprint evidence.
      • For example, moving services from secondary to primary care challenges many deeply held assumptions about the role of specialists.
      • Not until Malthus and Ricardo were Smith's optimistic assumptions seriously challenged.
      • The debate is strikingly one-sided; few civilian or military leaders have publicly challenged the fundamental assumptions of the critics.
      • In 1989 Maitland challenged the settlement, claiming that only a small salary disparity existed between men and women professors.
      • With his teaching, Jesus challenges this position.
      • But his interpretation of the latest figures as solely attributable to his policies was challenged by the opposition and by the Irish Refugee Council.

  • 2

    suponer un reto para
    constituir un reto para
    suponer un desafío para
    constituir un desafío para
    this job will really challenge him este trabajo realmente supondrá / constituirá un reto / un desafío para él
    • The rare breeds hatchery business has challenged them, Drowns says.
    • No strategy he could come up with would challenge him enough to spark interest.
    • During the trading year, random events could spring up to challenge your ability to manage the business through such unforeseen situations.
    • To challenge yourself, do the balance poses on a plush carpet or on a wobble board.
    • Communication between defenders becomes more difficult and the concentration level of the defender is challenged.
    • The people I see grow old with grace and inspiration are the people who keep challenging themselves.
    • There are so many areas where you can challenge yourself and test your own limits.
    • The facts are that students become disengaged and are not challenged by the curriculum.
    • My directorial task is to challenge my company and myself.
    • In these cases pupils are constantly challenged by the course and make good progress.
  • 3

    • 3.1Military

      darle el alto a
      she was challenged by a store detective un guarda de seguridad la abordó
      • The security guard challenged him outside the building and the youngster gave himself up.
      • Harkishin was challenged by security guards when he approached the checkout on Sunday.
      • Sometimes a guard will challenge me and demand to see my pass.
      • He moved through the civilian sector without attracting attention and when he passed the gate area without being challenged by the guard he knew he was doing alright.
      • It's believe the attacker blew himself up after he was challenged by a security guard as he was trying to enter into the parking lot.
      • They formed a circle around Zero and the guard who had challenged her.
      • I left the unit twice and walked back in without being challenged either time, entering in ways that didn't require much ingenuity.
      • Despite that, he was able to walk straight into the castle's Waterloo Chamber and was only challenged five minutes after entering the party as he ordered champagne at the bar.

    • 3.2Law

      (juror) recusar
      • The parties to any jury trial may inspect a copy of the panel from which the jury in their trial will be chosen, in order to decide whether any should be challenged
      • Defence Counsel may challenge two jury candidates and jurors will be asked if they have any connection with case or defendant.
      • Since one is not allowed to select jurors, but only to challenge (deselect) them, traditional approaches to jury selection have focused on identification and challenge of undesirable jurors


  • 1

    • 1.1(to duel, race)

      desafío masculine
      reto masculine
      to issue a challenge to sb desafiar / retar a algn
      • to take up / accept the challenge aceptar el reto / desafío
      • Because of this idea of a competitive country, open to the biggest international challenges, I decided to be associated with the creation of A1 Team Portugal.
      • A diversity of masculine subjectivities is mobilized around and through Spike as he comes to terms with challenges to his power.
      • The obsession of kite flying can also be seen in competitive kite challenges.
      • The Edinburgh side were quick to rise to the challenge and with their superior forward play they denied the Border men any more points in the first half.
      • Let us assume for a second that I have decided to take the challenge.
      • But after three years of frantic knitting, they decided to end the challenge, despite reaching halfway.
      • Ian Fitzgerald returned to competitive action in a challenge against Roscommon last Sunday.
      • Yet they gamely rose to the challenge, fighting the Tabs to the bitter end.
      • She has to judge the strength of the challenge from the other crews and dictate the response of her own crew.
      • This time, they had decided, they would accept the challenge.
      • The 1993 election saw Prime Minister Keating fight a challenge from the new Liberal Leader Dr John Hewson.
      • Rosa Parks challenged us to fight for our soul, and we accepted the challenge.
      • On this occasion, he mistakenly believed that they would not meet his challenge by fighting.
      • And, those in the treasury benches, far from going on the defensive, took up the challenge.
      • The dream of gold or silver became a reality when they took up the challenge of a Mayo team with a strong tradition in the sport.
      • A promising start for Ilkley in a season that will contain some very stern challenges and some easier contests.
      • The Australian champion throws off the challenge of Pirrie, the Canadian youth, and just wins a great race.
      • Needless to say the Sri Lanka Air Force Cycling Club rode to easy victory in more than 20 races with rarely a challenge.
      • I can still see that mighty frame of his winning crucial challenges in vital championship games.
      • John beat challenges from 399 other contestants to take the title by knocking seven Yorkshire puddings from their perch using a six-ounce black pudding.
      • Manchester United have won through November in a manner that should presage a championship challenge.
      • They'll come second, but should really be staking a claim for a championship challenge.
      • It was a nice win and one that we needed if we are to mount a challenge for the play-offs.
      • Heworth, who were champions in 1998, may mount a realistic challenge in a championship race.
      • Backup Gus's poor performance showed he wasn't up to the playoff challenge.
      • Bellamy's pace and skill refreshed a somewhat ageing Newcastle side - their title challenge faltered when he was injured.
      • They do not have the depth in squad required to proceed in Europe, and at the same time mount anything like a serious challenge on the domestic title at home.
      • He gave him the stiffest challenge for the title, and he was in fact the only player to remain uneaten till the end.
      • Trojans turned in a competent performance to brush aside a youthful Northallerton side and keep their title challenge on course.
      • This is after all the biggest club in the Second City and yet it's 12 years since the team managed a decent challenge for the title.
      • We need teams like Leeds to make a challenge for the premiership title so we don't see the old same teams winning it year after year
      • Last season, Leeds made a realistic challenge for the premiership title, this season they are even better!
      • Although he continued to box, he was unsuccessful in subsequent world title challenges, including one against Evander Holyfield in 1992.
      • Hatton stresses that he is not looking beyond Rios, who has never been stopped and has twice lost in challenges for world lightweight titles.
      • Gomersal took advantage of Idle's week off to continue their challenge for the secondary title.
      • He is looking to steer his new found sensation into the international fold and a possible challenge for a world title next year.
      • Will fixture congestion caused by The Champions League weaken their league challenge?
      • Unfortunately, Montoya learnt that too late to save his championship challenge for 2003.
      • Chelsea seemed a solid defensive unit who might grind their way towards a Championship challenge.
      • Would Truman State withstand a stiff challenge from rival Drury to win a fifth consecutive team title?

    • 1.2(competition)

      rival masculine
      the Democrats are a serious challenge to the government los demócratas constituyen un serio rival para el gobierno

    • 1.3(disputing)

      I cannot tolerate this challenge to my authority no tolero que se cuestione mi autoridad

  • 2

    reto masculine
    desafío masculine
    it isn't going to be easy, but I like a challenge no va a ser fácil, pero me gusta todo lo que supone / constituye un reto / un desafío
    • The novice traveler often must undergo tests or challenges, but the experienced holy person is familiar with the road and the terrain and encounters no such problems.
    • Every day, the dozy dozen face a series of challenges and tasks designed to test the sleep-deprived.
    • It was his brother, Matthew, an architect, who took up the challenge of linking the tiny stone school buildings and turning them into a home.
    • Many brave souls took up the challenge, but only two could succeed.
    • He ran the Great North Run last year and took up the challenge of the marathon.
    • My uncle took up the challenge and bolted out to the rescue.
    • The opthalmologist Robert D' Amato took up the challenge of finding such a drug in the early 1990s.
    • The wannabes leave their lives behind for two months and undergo tests, missions and challenges that are based on real spy training programmes.
    • One of peace activists' biggest challenges now may be deciding whether broadening their scope will dilute their public profile.
    • Julie gave a presentation on blogging as a social tool and the challenges in deciding what to blog, what to keep private, and what your online self really is.
    • Good question - though he acknowledges that a seaside property of this one's age offers plenty of challenges in terms of repairs and renovation.
    • There are only three people in the game at this point who are competitive at the challenges.
    • Hungry for a new challenge, he fought his way through ‘God Save the Queen’.
    • I decided to take a challenge and registered myself for a spring session offering of introductory Latin.
    • Pat said he coped with illness by treating it as a challenge, fighting for the one life he has and making the most of it.
    • Traditional concepts of security were woefully inadequate to meet the new challenges faced by humankind.
    • The smallest gardens can present the biggest design challenges, but a professional designer can work picture-perfect magic.
    • Meeting the pressing security challenges of the 21st century will require new ideas, initiatives, and energy.
    • One of today's greatest challenges for young people working for change is to fight complacency.
    • The main challenges facing agencies are a shortage of trucks and the poor condition of some roads.
  • 3

    • 3.1(by policeman, sentry)

      alto masculine
      • Partisan poll workers have been accused of intimidating voters with photographs, heckling, and by challenges to their identity and qualifications.
      • In order to proceed further, you must answer the sentry's challenge by entering the countersign
      • The challenge must be made at a distance sufficient to prevent your being rushed by the person being challenged.
      • Immediately the sentry shouted a challenge to the gunman who responded by raising his weapon to fire at the sentry.

    • 3.2(to juror)

      recusación feminine
      • Most of the hearing time was actually occupied by challenges to the jury, as it were, the panel of military officers that are going to hear the case.
      • The coroner in charge of the inquest is facing a legal challenge to his decision to appoint 12 royal courtiers to the jury
      • In mounting such a challenge, an attorney argues that based on a person's answers to the lawyer's or the judge's questions, that person has proved himself incapable of carrying out his responsibilities as a juror.
      • Members of a jury should be selected at random from the panel, subject to any rule of law as to right of challenge by the defence
      • Either party may challenge any juror either for cause or peremptorily and each party shall have three peremptory challenges.