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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Despite their demanding schedules, the couple puts their family first. Marie Milano, Country Living, "Adam Levine and His Wife Behati Prinsloo's Love Story Is Sweeter Than a Maroon 5 Song," 3 Nov. 2018 The second question is what kind of home-and-home series Mack will seek out with the more demanding conference schedule waiting after the first two months of the season. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "At Xavier, Chris Mack didn't shy away from scheduling tough games. What about Louisville?," 30 Mar. 2018 Goalkeeping is arguably more mentally demanding than any other position in football., "Keep the Faith: Liverpool Need to Stand by Karius Despite His Champions League Final Horror Show," 27 May 2018 But their jobs at the time were more demanding than the role of lieutenant governor. Seema Mehta,, "As lieutenant governor, Newsom has had few duties — and he skipped many of them," 20 Apr. 2018 New design The new Echo Show has a more demanding presence than the original thanks to its 10.1-inch touch display. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Echo Show 2018 review: Seeing is believing, and there’s a lot more to see," 8 Oct. 2018 The style of coaching I’ve done for 33 years is very intense, very demanding. Mitch Stacy, The Seattle Times, "Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to retire after Rose Bowl," 5 Dec. 2018 For example, researchers who examine gender pay disparities and workplace discrimination say that, when women try to negotiate raises themselves, they can be perceived as too demanding, unlikeable, not feminine enough. Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie,, "The triumph of gender-neutral ‘adulting’," 7 July 2018 Dear Amy: My adult son is highly successful in a demanding field. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Successful son fails at relationship with mom," 28 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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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 settle judicially or to act as judge

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