de·​mand·​ing | \ di-ˈman-diŋ How to pronounce demanding (audio) , -ˈmän-, dē- \

Definition of demanding

: requiring much time, effort, or attention : exacting a demanding job demanding customers

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Other Words from demanding

demandingly \ di-​ˈman-​diŋ-​lē How to pronounce demandingly (audio) , -​ˈmän-​ , dē-​ \ adverb
demandingness noun

Examples of demanding in a Sentence

She had a demanding schedule with little free time. Factory work can be physically demanding. I have heard it is one of the most demanding courses at the university. Their boss was really demanding, often expecting them to work long into the night.
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Recent Examples on the Web During the game Sunday, coach Adrian Heath measured minutes for five starters because of assorted knocks and the demanding schedule. Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune, "Loons' packed game schedule taking a toll on players' health," 14 Sep. 2020 None of his direct reports are seen as having Srouji’s clout to run such a demanding division. Mark Gurman, Fortune, "Apple’s leadership evolves ahead of a post-Tim Cook era," 12 Sep. 2020 Any changes to the school’s curriculum due to the coronavirus pandemic have not been made public, but the future king’s schedule appears to be just as demanding as last year, with core subjects such as math, English, science, history and geography. Erin Hill,, "What's in Store for Prince George and Princess Charlotte This Year at School?," 10 Sep. 2020 Some viewed him as a demanding leader who got the best out of his team. Washington Post, "Louis DeJoy was always his own boss. Whom does he serve now?," 31 Aug. 2020 But between uneducated customers, skyrocketing prices for kitchen and sanitizing supplies, and increasingly demanding landlords, reopening has been tough, Yilmaz said. Grace Wong,, "‘It feels like we’re blocked at every turn’: With threats of $10,000 fines for COVID-19 violations, some restaurants say the punishment doesn’t fit the crime," 31 Aug. 2020 Those loans come with higher costs and more demanding terms than other loans, and the bank is less willing to refinance them to avoid default. Bob Egelko,, "Oakland can sue Wells Fargo over home-loan practices, court rules," 27 Aug. 2020 That is, and was meant to be, a pretty demanding standard. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, "Can I Stay Friends With Someone Who Voices Racist Views?," 25 Aug. 2020 Their job is one of the most demanding in our society, especially in these current challenging times. Topher Gauk-roger, CNN, "A White officer is charged in the fatal shooting of a Black man under California's tougher deadly-force law," 3 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of demanding

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for demanding

from present participle of demand entry 2

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The first known use of demanding was in 1926

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18 Sep 2020

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“Demanding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of demanding

: requiring much time, attention, or effort
: expecting much time, attention, effort, etc., from other people : hard to satisfy


de·​mand·​ing | \ di-ˈman-diŋ \

Kids Definition of demanding

: requiring or expecting much effort a demanding teacher

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