demo

noun (1)
\ ˈde-(ˌ)mō How to pronounce demo (audio) \
plural demos

Definition of demo

 (Entry 1 of 6)

2a : an example of a product that is not yet ready to be sold a demo version of the software
b : a recording intended to show off a song or performer to a record producer

demo

verb (1)
demoed also demo'd; demoing also demo'ing; demos

Definition of demo (Entry 2 of 6)

transitive verb

1 : to give a demonstration of (something, such as a product or procedure) : to show how (something) works, is prepared, or is done The chef demoed everything. His first demo was peeling a carrot.— Michael Ruhlman One dealer didn't even have demonstration software; the only thing he could demo was the power light.Video Magazine
2 : to create a demo (see demo entry 1 sense 2b) recording of (a piece of music) … spent three months rehearsing and demoing songs for their third album …— David Fricke
3 : to use (something, such as a product) in order to test its quality or value : to try out (something) The surest way to pick exactly the right ski for your needs is to first narrow your choices to a workable number … and then go out and demo three or four pairs to make your final selection.— Bill Grout

demo

verb (2)
demoed also demo'd; demoing also demo'ing; demos

Definition of demo (Entry 3 of 6)

transitive verb

: demolish Brick salvaged from a demoed fireplace and backyard path make up the new stoop and walkway.— Natalie Rodriguez My mom put little masks on me and my brother, gave us goggles and crowbars, and we demo'd the walls.— Matt Damon

demo

noun (2)
plural demos

Definition of demo (Entry 4 of 6)

Demo

noun (3)
\ ˈde-(ˌ)mō How to pronounce Demo (audio) \
plural Demos

Definition of Demo (Entry 5 of 6)

variants: or before vowels dem-

Definition of demo- (Entry 6 of 6)

: people : populace : population demography demonym

Synonyms for demo

Synonyms: Noun (1)

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Examples of demo in a Sentence

Noun (1) She will be showing a demo of the company's new alarm system. a demo version of the software I saw a demo on how to use the computer program. The salesman gave us a demo of the vacuum cleaner, and it seemed to work very well. They sent the demo to several record companies. She cut a demo last week. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Shop at the marketplace before checking out a cooking demo, presentation, or jamming out to some music and dancing. Blaine Callahan, Hartford Courant, 1 Sep. 2022 Gathered in Holland’s office, the members of Offspring seem to represent that demo quite successfully. Chris Norris, SPIN, 4 Sep. 2022 If the demo with test dummies works, astronauts could fly around the moon in 2024 and land on it in 2025. Julia Musto, Fox News, 3 Sep. 2022 If the five-week demo with test dummies succeeds, astronauts could fly around the moon in 2024 and land on it in 2025. Marcia Dunn, Chron, 3 Sep. 2022 If the five-week demo with test dummies succeeds, astronauts could fly around the moon in 2024 and land on it in 2025. Marcia Dunn, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Sep. 2022 This festival features not just cars but airplanes and helicopters, including a flight demo for an all-electric plane. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 3 Sep. 2022 If the five-week demo with test dummies succeeds, astronauts could fly around the moon in 2024 and land on it in 2025. Marcia Dunn, Chicago Tribune, 3 Sep. 2022 The demo was repeated with more success in June, but that, too, experienced some leakage. Marcia Dunn, The Enquirer, 29 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In July, his old friend Sterling Morrison joined him and Cale to demo new songs similarly not included on Words & Music. Will Hermes, Rolling Stone, 13 Sep. 2022 For now, the company will demo the OLED TV, along with other OLED designs, at the Korea Display Industry Association's K-Display 2022 conference, which started today and ends Friday. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 10 Aug. 2022 What makes this particular model special is that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs used it to demo the Apple-1’s capabilities back in 1976. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 22 July 2022 First, the company primarily sells small equipment that reps can demo easily in a digital format. Andrew Weaver, Outside Online, 29 July 2020 During each, participants got to demo both brands of shoes and Osprey running vests. Stephanie Pearson, Outside Online, 13 July 2017 The 4-mile trail run is in collaboration with four different brands, including Hoka, which will supply a limited number of shoes for participants to demo on the trail. Matt Pawlik, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2022 However, Apple doesn’t also demo the iMessage recovery feature. Chris Smith, BGR, 8 June 2022 Recently, Mays and his daughter traveled to 21 Gelson’s grocery stores to demo their sauce and share their story. Natallie Rocha, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of demo

Noun (1)

1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Verb (1)

1969, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1994, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1980, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1793, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for demo

Noun (1)

by shortening from demonstration or demonstrator

Verb (1)

verbal derivative of demo entry 1

Verb (2)

by shortening

Noun (2)

by shortening

Noun (3)

by shortening

Combining form

combining form from Greek dêmos "district, country, people, common people, political district in Attica," of uncertain origin

Note: Greek dêmos has traditionally been linked with Old Irish dám "guests, company, retinue," Old Welsh dauu, glossing Latin cliens (hence, presumably, "member of a retinue"), Modern Welsh daw, dawf "son-in-law." However, the semantic discrepancy between the two etyma is significant, and Celtic *dāmo-/*dāmā- has more recently been explained as going back to *dōmo-, a lengthened-grade adjectival derivative of Indo-European *dom-o-s, "house, household." The further traditional link with Indo-European *deh2- "cut, divide" (whence Greek daíomai, daíesthai "to divide"; cf. tide entry 1), assuming a noun *deh2-mos meaning originally "part, division," is still possible, though it would be deprived of any support beside Greek.

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21 Sep 2022

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“Demo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/demo. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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