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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Best Storage: Western Digital My Book Duo Most of us only need a terabyte or two, but more demanding users need more. Don Melanson, Popular Mechanics, "The Best External Hard Drives To Back Up Your Digital Life," 5 Mar. 2019 Lucy and Taye's personal assistants, played by Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell, orchestrate a romance between their two incredibly demanding bosses. Phillipe Thao, Teen Vogue, "18 Things to Watch If You Loved "Crazy Rich Asians" and Where to Watch Them," 31 Aug. 2018 That’s no coincidence—the major championships are golf’s most demanding events, and any weakness in your game is exposed. Daniel Rapaport,, "FORE Questions: Breaking Down an Eventful U.S. Open at Shinnecock," 19 June 2018 Still, who knew whether or not rookie director Bradley Cooper could pull off the new version, especially working with a co-star, Lady Gaga, who’d never acted in such a demanding role. John Powers, Vogue, "5 Great Things From the Opening of the Toronto Film Festival," 8 Sep. 2018 Super fans are certainly willing to pay more for an elite event, but people who go just for the experience can become jaded and more demanding. Paul Sullivan, New York Times, "From Super Bowl to David Bowie, V.I.P. Treatment Awaits," 11 May 2018 In September, Business Insider reported on the conditions Flex contractors face, including physically demanding work, lack of overtime wages, and, yes, feeling the need to urinate in bottles to make their deliveries on time. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Amazon is cutting costs with its own delivery service — but its drivers don’t receive benefits," 26 Dec. 2018 The risk-and-reward holes are so demanding, like No. 4 (a par 5) is a perfect example. Bob Narang,, "Q&A: KPMG Women's PGA Championship preview with Kemper Lakes pro Jim Billiter," 22 June 2018 Practitioners tend to retire younger than most other physicians because of the demanding nature of their job. Naseem S. Miller,, "Orlando OB-GYNs overworked, aging, according to study," 27 June 2018

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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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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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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