demand

noun
de·​mand | \ di-ˈmand How to pronounce demand (audio) , -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
demanded; demanding; demands

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 \ di-​ˈman-​də-​bəl How to pronounce demandable (audio) , -​ˈmän-​ , dē-​ \ adjective
demander noun

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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

From that moment on, they were inundated with calls, emails, media requests for interviews, every detail about the rescue on demand. National Geographic, "Meet the super climbers who came to the rescue on the 'Killer Mountain'," 12 June 2019 That, in turn, is weighing on demand for wheels and steel parts, washing machines and paint. ... Patrick Mcgroarty, WSJ, "Factories Throttle Back, Pressuring U.S. Economy," 9 June 2019 Additionally, in their 2018 report, a survey of music consumers in 18 countries found that 47% of time spent listening to on-demand music was on YouTube. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Music Is YouTube's Most Profitable Category, 'Crucial' to Bottom Line: Study," 7 June 2019 Starting July 9th, Uber will offer helicopter rides between JFK airport and Lower Manhattan that can be booked on demand through its app. Jon Porter, The Verge, "The Uber for helicopters is now Uber," 6 June 2019 For a date night on demand, stream these movies or seek them out in theaters. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "The Perfect Date Night (Or Netflix & Chill) Movies," 5 June 2019 After consumers buy pieces from the select group of influencers—Emi Suzuki, Sierra Furtado, Leonie Hanne, and Patricia Bright have also joined the roster—then their garments will be made on-demand and delivered within a few weeks. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amazon Fashion's First-Ever Capsule Collection, The Drop, Is Here," 5 June 2019 This incremental approach, based on demand from clients and collaboration with retailers, differs from that of other designers who have dropped full plus collections all at once. Glamour, "Mary Katrantzou Is Expanding Her Brand Up to a Size 24—Here’s Why," 5 June 2019 The communications regulator said Monday that Tinder was included on a list of online services operating in Russia that are required to provide user data on demand to Russian authorities, including the FSB security agency. Nataliya Vasilyeva, chicagotribune.com, "Russia demands Tinder give user data - including messages - to secret services," 3 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Others demanded that they be burned at the stake—too basic! Tara Gonzalez, Glamour, "Yeah, You Really Do Need a Leopard-Print Midi Skirt," 30 May 2019 Today, fewer workplaces or social situations demand a formal way of dress . . Vogue, "Atelier Saman Amel, a Bespoke Tailoring Brand From Sweden, Teams Up With Mr Porter," 16 May 2019 With talks aimed at resolving the U.S.-China trade dispute entering a critical stage, President Xi Jinping pledged fresh backing for the liberalization of his country’s economy in ways the Trump administration has demanded. James T. Areddy And Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "China’s Xi Jinping Pledges Fresh Support for Liberalizing Economy," 26 Apr. 2019 What this means for you: Commercial customers demand rock-solid reliability and security from their PCs, along with productivity. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel announces 8th-gen vPro processors for business notebooks with advanced security," 16 Apr. 2019 Pro-Brexit Conservatives have demanded that May resign for failing to take Britain out of the EU. Jill Lawless, The Seattle Times, "Shame, sadness in UK as Brexit reveals Parliament’s flaws," 14 Apr. 2019 April showers bring May flowers, but for celebrity florist Lewis Miller, every month demands a good bouquet. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "How One Celebrity Florist Brings Flowers into the Home for Spring," 19 Mar. 2019 There are 150 million iPhones sold every year, no one’s demanded a plastic lens cap on that. Eric Johnson, Recode, "When big companies are hacked, should they have to disclose it immediately?," 13 Oct. 2018 President Trump walked away from his Hanoi summit with Kim Jong Un in February because the North Korean dictator demanded an end to the toughest U.S. sanctions before committing to give up his nuclear weapons. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Seizing North Korea Where It Hurts," 9 May 2019

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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 How to pronounce demand (audio) \

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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