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1 something that someone insists upon having
  • agreed to the customer's demand for a refund

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2 the state of being sought after especially for purchase
  • a steadily declining demand for film cameras

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3 something necessary, indispensable, or unavoidable
  • we are very confident that our new employee is fully equal to the demands of the job

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Synonyms & Antonyms of demand (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to ask for (something) earnestly or with authority
  • the losing party demanded a recount of the votes cast in the election

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2 to have as a requirement
  • a task that demands one's unremitting attention

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3 to set or receive as a price
  • superstars of the big screen who demand millions for appearing in a movie

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How does the verb demand contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of demand are claim, exact, and require. While all these words mean "to ask or call for something as due or as necessary," demand implies peremptoriness and insistence and often the right to make requests that are to be regarded as commands.

demanded payment of the debt

When can claim be used instead of demand?

While in some cases nearly identical to demand, claim implies a demand for the delivery or concession of something due as one's own or one's right.

claimed the right to manage his own affairs

When could exact be used to replace demand?

The words exact and demand can be used in similar contexts, but exact implies not only demanding but getting what one demands.

exacts absolute loyalty

When is require a more appropriate choice than demand?

In some situations, the words require and demand are roughly equivalent. However, require suggests the imperativeness that arises from inner necessity, compulsion of law or regulation, or the exigencies of the situation.

the patient requires constant attention

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The first known use of demand was in the 13th century

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“Demand.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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