Definition of demanding 

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

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Other words from demanding

demandingly \-ˈman-diŋ-lē \ 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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Next season George will advance to a higher-level soccer team with a more demanding schedule, and Ms. Hughes isn’t sure how the family’s juggling act will go. Hilary Potkewitz, WSJ, "USA Swimming Flips for Multisport Youth Athletes," 2 July 2018 Under his direction — which included intense, physically demanding rehearsals — Jackson helped his sons become international superstars. Britni Danielle,, "Joe Jackson, Patriarch Of The Jackson Family, Has Died," 27 June 2018 That's in part because farm work can be physically demanding, dirty and socially denigrated work. Mary Jo Dudley, CBS News, "These U.S. industries can't work without illegal immigrants," 25 June 2018 With Jon Kitna coming in from Texas, his sophomore quarterback son Jalen possibly leading the offense, and a less demanding schedule, the Broncos figure to win more than one game. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Arizona high school football teams that could surprise in 2018," 22 June 2018 Zayn took plenty of bumps in the match but didn’t execute any physically demanding moves himself. Dan Gartland,, "Report: Sami Zayn Taking Time Off Due to Injury," 19 June 2018 The Chip Ganassi Racing star conquered the physically demanding street course at Belle Isle for the second time in his career, with his last win coming back in 2012. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Scott Dixon scores first win of season at opening leg of Detroit doubleheader," 2 June 2018 But intensive physical activity related to a physically demanding job can instead become a burden, rather than a benefit, on the heart. Alice Park, Time, "Getting a Lot of Physical Activity at Work May Actually Be Bad For You," 14 May 2018 Yet Mr Neumann, a veteran of the Israeli navy, also has a reputation for being an intense and demanding businessman. The Economist, "Big corporates’ quest to be hip is helping WeWork," 12 July 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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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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