de·​mand·​ing di-ˈman-diŋ How to pronounce demanding (audio)
: requiring much time, effort, or attention : exacting
a demanding job
demanding customers
di-ˈman-diŋ-lē How to pronounce demanding (audio)
demandingness noun

Example Sentences

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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Word History


from present participle of demand entry 2

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of demanding was in 1926

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“Demanding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



: making many or difficult demands : exacting
a demanding job
demandingly adverb

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