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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Your demo chat, onboarding talk, check-in sessions and any other chances to talk to clients are opportunities to put customers at the center of your brand. Andrei Petrik, Forbes, 6 July 2021 The Barefoot Contessa is known for her fun-loving (and oversized) cocktail tutorials on Instagram, and her latest demo doesn't disappoint. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 2 July 2021 The $85 million helicopter demo was considered high risk, yet high reward. Marcia Dunn, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Apr. 2021 The $85 million helicopter demo was considered high risk, yet high reward. BostonGlobe.com, 19 Apr. 2021 The $85 million helicopter demo was considered high risk, yet high reward. Marcia Dunn, Chron, 19 Apr. 2021 Wednesday’s demo from Delpy shows that PrintNightmare works against a much wider range of systems, including those that have enabled a Point and Print and selected the NoWarningNoElevationOnInstall option. Dan Goodin, Wired, 8 July 2021 Mullen then made a demo tape and sent it to Casual’s boss, program director Mike Summers, and pestered him into giving him his first job, working the weekend and overnight shifts at KJQ in the early ’90s. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 July 2021 Judging by the demo video, the app appears to be capable of identifying thousands of bricks in just a few seconds. Barry Collins, Forbes, 3 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Stranger Things scenes show up without warning, and the whole thing is brilliantly scripted to demo what’s possible with Workspace. Chris Smith, BGR, 20 June 2021 Samsung still used a laptop display image to demo the feature rather than showing it on a phone. Chris Smith, BGR, 19 Apr. 2021 Operators, brands, and enthusiasts will be able to demo UNCONTAINED at this year’s IAAPA Expo in Orlando this November. Cathy Hackl, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 One of those stories claimed that Apple might want to hold an in-person AR glasses event later this year to demo the technology. Chris Smith, BGR, 8 June 2021 Throughout the pandemic, virtual try-on has offered a sweet sense of relief to fashion and beauty brands unable to demo their products offline. Lela London, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Apple will introduce iOS 15 and demo the new features on June 7th. Chris Smith, BGR, 22 Apr. 2021 On an arctic day at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the finalists were invited to demo their scooters and operating software for D.O.T. observers. John Seabrook, The New Yorker, 19 Apr. 2021 That’s a feature that Apple might want to demo and explain via a press conference, especially considering the controversy generated around it. Chris Smith, BGR, 15 Apr. 2021

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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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23 Jul 2021

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“Demo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/demo. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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