demo

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noun (1)

plural demos
1
2
a
: 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

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verb (1)

demoed also demo'd; demoing also demo'ing; demos

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

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verb (2)

demoed also demo'd; demoing also demo'ing; demos

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

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noun (2)

plural demos

Demo

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noun (3)

plural Demos

demo-

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combining form

variants or before vowels dem-
: people : populace : population
demography
demonym

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
And Tesla has reportedly been mandating its service center employees take all prospective buyers on a demo ride with FSD, under direct order by Elon Musk. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, 12 Apr. 2024 The show will also include the F-16 demo team, C-17 West Coast demo team, Trojan Phlyers and others. Christopher Torres, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 12 Apr. 2024 In one instance during the demo, cast member Charlie—a girl-next-door type who is more chaste than a few of the others—specifically requests that the player cut down on any shots of the cast’s ass. Megan Farokhmanesh, WIRED, 4 Apr. 2024 That original demo didn’t resurface until last year when Green Day released the album’s 30th-anniversary reissue featuring outtakes, demos, and live recordings from the era. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 2 Apr. 2024 Which demo represents the greatest opportunity for Wondery? Brande Victorian, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Mar. 2024 Even TikTok empress Charli D’Amelio took a turn onstage, for a crowd older and smaller than her typical target demo, with her own message on mental health. Alison Brower, Los Angeles Times, 27 Mar. 2024 In a demo posted by Nvidia, a semi-human-looking AI agent named Rachel verbally instructs a patient on how to take penicillin. Maxwell Zeff / Gizmodo, Quartz, 19 Mar. 2024 And there’s Addison Rae, who has a song with Charli XCX and cut an old Lady Gaga demo that’s become a cult fave. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 28 Mar. 2024
Verb
The team plans to demo the concept later this decade. Ramin Skibba, WIRED, 15 Mar. 2023 Last fall, Samsung Display and Intel demoed a PC concept that was essentially a 13-inch tablet that could slide out into a 17.3-inch one. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 27 Feb. 2023 Meander about and enjoy meeting founders walking the aisles hawking their wares like Forbes 30 Under 30 Kyiv entrepreneur Victoria Repa who will be on hand to demo her personal coaching wearable, BetterMe. Martine Paris, Forbes, 1 Jan. 2023 Some lamented the lack of live features demoed at the launch and offered rolling commentary on Baidu’s falling stock price as the demonstration continued. Q.ai - Powering A Personal Wealth Movement, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2023 Apple uses an iPhone 14 Pro to demo the feature. Chris Smith, BGR, 11 Nov. 2022 Simpson will demo in oils at 7 p.m. courant.com, 2 Nov. 2021 Video content empowers them to see how clothes and accessories look from all angles or how to apply a beauty or wellness product, make the recipe, set up an electronic device or demo a new product in a short, digestible way. Rodney Mason, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2023 The Verge revealed last month that Microsoft was planning an AI event in March to demo how its new ChatGPT-like AI will transform its Office productivity apps. Tom Warren, The Verge, 6 Mar. 2023
Verb
Musk made the comment a day after Neuralink demoed the company’s first brain chip working inside a 29-year-old quadriplegic man named Nolan Arbaugh. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 22 Mar. 2024 Crucial demoing a new LCAMM2 module is a solid step forward in that department, and Samsung's commitment to introducing CAMM memory sometime this year is another one. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 12 Jan. 2024 Citing unnamed Meta sources, a Business Insider report claims that the company plans to demo a pair of true AR smart glasses later this fall at Meta Connect. Victoria Song, The Verge, 27 Feb. 2024 The convergence of wearable technology, textile innovation, and medical research is poised to demo clothing that goes beyond mere fashion. Jahan Marcu, Rolling Stone, 27 Feb. 2024 Enlarge / Amazon demoed future generative AI capabilties for Alexa in September. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 18 Jan. 2024 The band demoed songs in 2020 with engineer Brok Mende, but were forced to put their plans on hold during the pandemic. Nina Corcoran, Pitchfork, 9 Jan. 2024 Today, Hsu will demo a storytelling game between person and machine. Kat McGowan, WIRED, 4 Jan. 2024 Google reportedly demoed an AI tool called Genesis that takes facts and spits out news stories to executives from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. Emilia David, The Verge, 4 Jan. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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.

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of demo was in 1793

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