de·​mand·​ing | \ di-ˈman-diŋ How to pronounce demanding (audio) , -ˈmän-, dē- \

Definition of demanding

: requiring much time, effort, or attention : exacting a demanding job demanding customers

Other Words from demanding

demandingly \ di-​ˈman-​diŋ-​lē How to pronounce demanding (audio) , -​ˈmän-​ , dē-​ \ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web At some point soon, the correction process after these games has to become much less demanding. Dan Wiederer, Chicago Tribune, 27 Sep. 2022 Udoka is credited with installing a defense-first mentality and players bought even into his fiery and demanding style. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 23 Sep. 2022 The term stereotypically describes a performer who is self-indulgent, demanding and ill-tempered. Ben Zimmer, WSJ, 8 Sep. 2022 Weinman is legendary for writing meticulous and demanding guitar parts and being completely ruthless with his gear. Spin Staff, SPIN, 6 Sep. 2022 Benssalah, who delivers a breakthrough performance in the movie, said it’s the most emotionally demanding and physical role of his career. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 1 Sep. 2022 Not to be confused with greatness or stature or even success, fame is a state completely defined by public interest, and an interested public can be very effusive, demanding and critical. Mary Mcnamara, Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2022 In her 1987 memoir, Fierce Attachments, Vivian Gornick describes her relationship with her unhappy and demanding mother. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, 13 Aug. 2022 Rather, a lack of self-awareness is usually at the root of their intrusive and demanding behavior. Nandini Maharaj, SELF, 11 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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The first known use of demanding was in 1926

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“Demanding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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de·​mand·​ing | \ di-ˈman-diŋ \

Kids Definition of demanding

: requiring or expecting much effort a demanding teacher

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