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noun de·mand \di-ˈmand, -ˈmänd, dē-\

Simple Definition of demand

  • : a forceful statement in which you say that something must be done or given to you

  • : a strong need for something

  • : the ability and need or desire to buy goods and services

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of demand

  1. 1 a :  an act of demanding or asking especially with authority <a demand for obedience> b :  something claimed as due <a list of demands>

  2. 2 archaic :  question

  3. 3 a :  willingness and ability to purchase a commodity or service <the demand for quality day care> b :  the quantity of a commodity or service wanted at a specified price and time <supply and demand>

  4. 4 a :  a seeking or state of being sought after <in great demand as an entertainer> b :  urgent need

  5. 5 :  the requirement of work or of the expenditure of a resource <equal to the demands of the office> <demands on one's time> <oxygen demand for waste oxidation>

on demand

  1. :  upon presentation and request for payment; also :  when requested or needed <video on demand>

Examples of demand in a sentence

  1. The committee is considering her demand that she be given more time to complete the study.

  2. The workers said they would not end the strike until their demands were met.

  3. The demand for low-income housing is increasing as the economy gets worse.

  4. We are seeing an increased demand for hospital beds.

  5. The company increased production to meet demand.

13th Century

First Known Use of demand

13th century



verb de·mand

Simple Definition of demand

  • : to say in a forceful way that something must be done or given to you : to say that you have a right to (something)

  • : to say or ask (something) in a very forceful way

  • : to require (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of demand

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to make a demand :  ask

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to ask or call for with authority :  claim as due or just <demanded to see a lawyer>

  5. 2 :  to call for urgently, peremptorily, or insistently <demanded that the rioters disperse>

  6. 3 a :  to ask authoritatively or earnestly to be informed of <demand the reason for the dismissal> b :  to require to come :  summon

  7. 4 :  to call for as useful or necessary <etiquette demands a handwritten thank-you>


play \-ˈman-də-bəl\ adjective



Examples of demand in a sentence

  1. The customer demanded a refund.

  2. Parents have demanded that the teacher resign.

  3. The reporter demanded to see the documents.

  4. I demand to know what is going on here!

  5. Come here at once! he demanded.

  6. Why won't you answer me? she demanded.

  7. The situation demands immediate action.

Origin and Etymology of demand

Middle English demaunden, from Anglo-French demander, from Medieval Latin demandare, from Latin, to entrust, charge, from de- + mandare to enjoin — more at mandate

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of demand

demand, claim, require, exact mean to ask or call for something as due or as necessary. demand implies peremptoriness and insistence and often the right to make requests that are to be regarded as commands <demanded payment of the debt>. claim implies a demand for the delivery or concession of something due as one's own or one's right <claimed the right to manage his own affairs>. require suggests the imperativeness that arises from inner necessity, compulsion of law or regulation, or the exigencies of the situation <the patient requires constant attention>. exact implies not only demanding but getting what one demands <exacts absolute loyalty>.

DEMAND Defined for Kids



noun de·mand \di-ˈmand\

Definition of demand for Students

  1. 1 :  a forceful expression of what is desired <a demand for money>

  2. 2 :  something claimed as owed <He presented a list of demands.>

  3. 3 :  an expressed desire to own or use something <The demand for new cars is up.>

  4. 4 :  a seeking or state of being sought after <Good teachers are in great demand.>



verb de·mand

Definition of demand for Students



  1. 1 :  to claim as a right <I demand an apology.>

  2. 2 :  to ask earnestly or in the manner of a command <The sentry demanded the password.>

  3. 3 :  to call for :  require <The situation demands attention.>

on demand

  1. :  when requested or needed <Payment is due on demand.>

Law Dictionary



noun de·mand

Legal Definition of demand

  1. 1 :  a formal request or call for something (as payment for a debt) especially based on a right or made with force <a shareholder must first make a demand on the corporation's board of directors to act — R. C. Clark> <a written demand for payment>

  2. 2 :  something demanded <any demands against the estate> — see also claim

on demand

  1. :  upon presentation and request for payment



transitive verb de·mand

Legal Definition of demand

  1. :  to ask or call for with force, authority, or by legal right :  claim as due <on any issue triable of right by a jury, a party may demand a jury trial — Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 38(b)>



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