[dih-mand, -mahnd]
verb (used with object)
to ask for with proper authority; claim as a right: He demanded payment of the debt.
to ask for peremptorily or urgently: He demanded sanctuary. She demanded that we let her in.
to call for or require as just, proper, or necessary: This task demands patience. justice demands objectivity.
to lay formal legal claim to.
to summon, as to court.
verb (used without object)
to make a demand; inquire; ask.
the act of demanding.
something that is demanded.
an urgent or pressing requirement: demands upon one's time.
the desire to purchase, coupled with the power to do so.
the quantity of goods that buyers will take at a particular price.
a requisition; a legal claim: The demands of the client could not be met.
the state of being wanted or sought for purchase or use: an article in great demand.
Archaic. inquiry; question.
on demand, upon presentation or request for payment: The fee is payable on demand.

1250–1300; Middle English demaunden < Anglo-French demaunder < Medieval Latin dēmandāre to demand, L to entrust, equivalent to dē- de- + mandāre to commission, order; see mandate

demandable, adjective
demander, noun
counterdemand, noun
overdemand, verb, noun
predemand, verb (used with object)
superdemand, noun
undemanded, adjective

3. exact. Demand, claim, require imply making an authoritative request. To demand is to ask in a bold, authoritative way: to demand an explanation. To claim is to assert a right to something: He claimed it as his due. To require is to ask for something as being necessary; to compel: The Army requires absolute obedience of its soldiers. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
demand (dɪˈmɑːnd)
1.  to request peremptorily or urgently
2.  to require or need as just, urgent, etc: the situation demands attention
3.  to claim as a right; exact: his parents demanded obedience of him
4.  law to make a formal legal claim to (property, esp realty)
5.  an urgent or peremptory requirement or request
6.  something that requires special effort or sacrifice: a demand on one's time
7.  the act of demanding something or the thing demanded: the kidnappers' demand was a million pounds
8.  an insistent question or query
9.  economics
 a.  willingness and ability to purchase goods and services
 b.  Compare supply the amount of a commodity that consumers are willing and able to purchase at a specified price
10.  law a formal legal claim, esp to real property
11.  in demand sought after; popular
12.  on demand as soon as requested: a draft payable on demand
[C13: from Anglo-French demaunder, from Medieval Latin dēmandāre, from Latin: to commit to, from de- + mandāre to command, entrust; see mandate]

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., from O.Fr. demander "to request," from L. demandare "entrust, charge with a commission," from de- "completely" + mandare "to order." The political economy sense (correlating to supply) is first attested 1776 in Adam Smith.
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Cultural Dictionary

demand definition

The amount of any given commodity that people are ready and able to buy at a given time for a given price. (See supply and demand.)

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Idioms & Phrases


see in demand; make demands on; on demand.

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Example sentences
Such an act doesn't require a toga, but it does demand a bit of dignity.
The joy of living is his who has the heart to demand it.
Taxi drivers demand fuel surcharges.
The huge, star-shaped, over-the-top blossoms of Oriental-lily hybrids
  practically demand a second look.
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