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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Despite being in the throes of a demanding exam season, over 200 children bunked school to protest against government inaction towards acknowledging the seriousness of the climate change crisis. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Global movement Extinction Rebellion is spawning India’s future climate change warriors," 24 July 2019 Her character, Camille, is described as a high-powered publicist who is balancing her demanding career with the hopes of starting a family. Robyn Merrett,, "Vanessa Lachey Shares Photo with Her BH90210 Husband: 'Introducing Mrs. Jason Priestley'," 9 July 2019 Sekiro’s combat established itself as a uniquely demanding and rewarding task. Nick Romano,, "10 best videogames of 2019 (so far)," 27 June 2019 What once looked like a plain ol’ fun game with a dress-up option, has proven to be a somewhat demanding virtual task for ARMYs. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "BTS's Virtual Rudeness in BTS World Is Making ARMYs Want to Quit Being Their Manager," 27 June 2019 View Sample Sign Up Now Part of our affinity for inactivity goes back to our genes: humans are wired to avoid expending extra energy in order to conserve for physically demanding tasks like hunting and reproducing. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Can Americans Hack Their Way Out of an Aversion to Exercise?," 14 June 2019 Only the best of the best can withstand the physically demanding tasks and dramatic tribe alliances that make up Survivor, but one recent challenge pushed season 38 contestant Lauren O'Connell to the limit. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'Survivor' Sparks Controversy for the Show's Reaction to Lauren O'Connell's Scary Fall," 4 Apr. 2019 However, since Trump became president, that number has been reduced to 4,000 because the workload for FIRN counselors is more demanding, Garcia said. Erin B. Logan,, "Howard immigration nonprofit looks into restructuring amid financial concerns," 20 June 2019 The process is far less demanding than applications required for prospective charter schools in Louisiana, the news investigation determined. Kim Chatelain,, "Edwards vows to push for changes to Louisiana voucher program after news investigation reveals flaws," 18 June 2019

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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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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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