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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Others in their late 50s still perform the physically demanding work. Sophie Pollock, USA TODAY, "Crafting mosaic tile is an endangered tradition. Here are the folks keeping it alive," 7 June 2018 Although San Antonio has the most demanding renters in the nation, Philadelphia renters had lesser demand than the national average for seven of the 10 amenities measured. Shannon Rooney,, "What do Philly renters want most? Private laundry, air conditioning, parking," 9 July 2018 Washington’s band the Next Step, paired with longtime members of the West Coast Get Down crew, play even the most demanding passages with palpable joy and care. August Brown,, "Kamasi Washington's ‘Heaven and Earth’ proves jazz's vitality and political power," 29 June 2018 Of the two sides, neither have particularly good injury situations as the most demanding part of the season looks to have taken it's toll., "Arsenal vs Watford Preview: Classic Encounter, Key Battle, Team News and More," 10 Mar. 2018 According to Navy officials, TOPGUN is highly competitive and exposes Navy and Marine Corp pilots to the most demanding training scenarios in fighter aviation lead by some of the most talented pilots in the world. Lt. Bridget Mitchell, Houston Chronicle, "Porter native helps train the Navy's best pilots at TOPGUN," 22 Feb. 2018 On Thursday, the Lions' end-of-practice run was more demanding as players had to run a handful of half-gassers across the width of the field. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions minicamp observations: Mike Singletary makes Day 3 visit," 7 June 2018 Thousands joined marches across India demanding justice for the girl, with many rallying online around the hashtag #NotInMyName, which was started in 2017 to protest increasing Hindu violence against minorities. Kamakshi Ayyar, Time, "The Men Accused of Raping and Murdering an Eight-Year-Old Girl in India Are Standing Trial. Here’s What to Know," 27 Apr. 2018 Up to a point, Mr Macron is indeed facing the most demanding, and symbolic, test of his reformist resolve. The Economist, "Emmanuel Macron faces a wave of strikes and protests in France," 14 Apr. 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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to express warning or disapproval

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