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Borrowed from English challenge. Compare 挑戦 (chōsen, challenge; attempt).


  • (Tokyo) チャンジ [chàréꜜǹjì] (Nakadaka – [2])
  • (Tokyo) チャレンジ [cháꜜrèǹjì] (Atamadaka – [1])
  • IPA(key): [t͡ɕa̠ɾẽ̞ɲ̟d͡ʑi]


チャレンジ (rōmaji charenji)

  1. an attempt; an endeavor; striving
    • 1988 July 30 [Dec 25 1983], Fujiko F. Fujio, “コマーさる [Monketing]”, in ひとりぼっちの宇宙戦争 [The One-Man Cosmic War] (藤子不二雄少年SF短編集; 1), volume 1 (fiction, in Japanese), 16th edition, Tokyo: Shogakukan, →ISBN, page 52:
      Ja, manga o yameru no?
      So, are you gonna quit making manga?
      いや、 (さい) ()チャレンジをこころみる‼
      Iya, saigo no charenji o kokoromiru‼
      No, I’m making one last attempt‼


チャレンジする (rōmaji charenji suru)

  1. to attempt; to endeavor; to strive

Usage notesEdit

  • This word has shifted meaning from the English word challenge from which it came. It refers to challenging oneself, or taking on a challenge, rather than an attack on something. Therefore this word should be used when the speaker is taking on a new task, a new challenge. It is not to be translated literally as the verb challenge, or one will end up with sentences like "he is a challenging person" or "I will challenge tennis."