demand

noun
de·​mand | \di-ˈmand, -ˈmänd, dē-\

Definition of demand 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : an act of demanding or asking especially with authority a demand for obedience

b : something claimed as due or owed the demands of the workers' union

2 archaic : question

3a economics : 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

4a : a seeking or state of being sought after in great demand as an entertainer

b : urgent need an increased demand for blood donations

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

: upon presentation and request for payment also : when requested or needed video on demand

demand

verb

Definition of demand (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to call for something in an authoritative way : to make a demand : ask

transitive verb

1 : to ask or call for with authority : claim as due or just demanded to see a lawyer

2 : to call for urgently, imperiously, or insistently demanded that the rioters disperse

3a : to ask authoritatively or earnestly to be informed of demand the reason for the dismissal

b : to require to come : summon

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

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Other Words from demand

Verb

demandable \ -​ˈman-​də-​bəl \ adjective
demander noun

Choose the Right Synonym for demand

Verb

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

Examples of demand in a Sentence

Noun

The committee is considering her demand that she be given more time to complete the study. The workers said they would not end the strike until their demands were met. The demand for low-income housing is increasing as the economy gets worse. We are seeing an increased demand for hospital beds. The company increased production to meet demand.

Verb

The customer demanded a refund. Parents have demanded that the teacher resign. The reporter demanded to see the documents. I demand to know what is going on here! “Come here at once!” he demanded. “Why won't you answer me?” she demanded. The situation demands immediate action.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To this administration, opiate addiction isn’t primarily about demand — about treating addicts and saving lives. Yvonne Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "The truth about Lawrence," 14 July 2018 The Cherries subsequently backed out of the deal due to Celtic’s hefty £25m demands for Tierney and have instead turned their attentions elsewhere. SI.com, "Bournemouth Switch Attention to Leganes Full Back as Cherries Baulk at Kieran Tierney Asking Price," 13 July 2018 High customer demand at malls bucks a trend that retailers have been experiencing as online shopping grows more popular: Mall foot traffic has been on the decline for years. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "Build-a-Bear built a promo that left frenzied Charlotte shoppers frustrated," 12 July 2018 All of these characters, the women, the publishers, the hangers-on, the simply interesting, provide the clamor that seems to sustain Hemingway, fonts of affirmation on demand available for his fragile writer’s ego. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "Hemingway’s Last Girl," 12 July 2018 Despite the decline in sales, demand appears strong by other measures with sellers fetching 97.4 percent of their asking price for homes sold in June, up from 96.6 percent in June 2017, but down from May’s record-setting 97.5 percent. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "With inventory tight, home prices continue to rise in Baltimore region," 11 July 2018 Despite this, the supply of new and affordable housing in Melbourne has struggled to keep up with demand. Michael Taylor, The Christian Science Monitor, "Won't you be my neighbor: Melbourne experiments with community-led housing," 11 July 2018 Although the rates of individuals pursuing these professions has remained constant, Coffman said, a growing California population means a growing demand for services. Hannah Holzer, sacbee, "California needs more mental health professionals – and the shortage will get worse, experts say," 11 July 2018 Many institutions of higher learning are struggling to keep up with the demand. New York Times, "Preventing Suicide Among College Students," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The suspects were demanding money and/or financial information from the victims. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Woman and child injured during overnight home invasion in Wauwatosa," 13 July 2018 Investors are increasingly demanding that companies provide information about their impact on the environment and on society and their policies on governance. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "#MeToo Is Not a Buying Opportunity for Investors," 12 July 2018 Israel is demanding that Russia, which played a decisive role in turning the tide of Syria’s civil war in support of Assad and is now acting as a power broker in the country, banish Iran from Syria. Dina Kraft, The Christian Science Monitor, "Syrian civil war, on Israel's doorstep, brings swirl of changing attitudes," 11 July 2018 BOSTON – Northeastern University students and community activists are demanding the school cancel a multimillion-dollar research contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Fox News, "Protesters targeting Northeastern over $2.7M ICE contract," 11 July 2018 Liberals are demanding opposition and promising an all-out fight to try to block Trump’s pick until after November’s elections, when the Senate is at stake. Jonathan Tamari, Philly.com, "Pa., N.J. Dems unified in opposition to Trump Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh," 9 July 2018 More: The bloodsuckers of 'Vampire Uprising' are demanding their civil rights! Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "'Hotel Transylvania 3': Ranking the best movie Draculas, from Bela Lugosi to Adam Sandler," 9 July 2018 The women hosting the march are demanding that Hill resign from office. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "Activists: 'Politically powerful men are protecting' Curtis Hill amid groping allegations," 5 July 2018 Warren is demanding answers from officials on their procedures for reuniting parents and children. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Sen. Elizabeth Warren describes DHS border facilities: “cage after cage after cage”," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of demand

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for demand

Noun

Middle English demaunde, demande "question, request, claim," borrowed from Anglo-French, noun derivative of demander, demaunder "to ask a question, claim as due" — more at demand entry 2

Verb

Middle English demaunden, demanden "to ask a question, ask, claim as due," borrowed from Anglo-French demander, demaunder, borrowed from Medieval Latin dēmandāre "to entrust, send, send word of, send instructions (to), make a claim on," going back to Latin, "to entrust, hand over (to), lay a duty on," from de- de- + mandāre "to hand over, deliver, order" — more at mandate entry 1

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demand

noun

English Language Learners Definition of demand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

demand

verb

English Language Learners Definition of demand (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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)

demand

noun
de·​mand | \di-ˈmand \

Kids Definition of demand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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

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

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

demand

verb
demanded; demanding

Kids Definition of demand (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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

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

on demand

: when requested or needed Payment is due on demand.

demand

noun
de·​mand

Legal Definition of demand 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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 : something demanded any demands against the estate — see also claim

on demand

: upon presentation and request for payment

Legal Definition of demand (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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 trialFederal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 38(b)

Other Words from demand

demandable adjective

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