Definition of demand in English:

demand

Line breaks: de¦mand
Pronunciation: /dɪˈmɑːnd
 
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noun

  • 1An insistent and peremptory request, made as of right: a series of demands for far-reaching reforms
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    • It has brought insistent demands for a further enquiry about the intelligence services and weapons of mass destruction.
    • At the core of the controversy were insistent African demands for greater participation in government and European fears of losing political control.
    • Even if a proper capability development process was instituted, it could never have restrained Hitler's insistent demands for weapons of retaliation.
    Synonyms
    request, call; command, order, dictate, ultimatum, stipulation; (demands) insistence, pressure, clamour, importunity, urging
    Australian/New Zealand informal a big ask
    archaic behest, hest
  • 1.1 (usually demands) Pressing requirements: he’s got enough demands on his time already
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    • The fitness, stamina agility and dedication it requires must place great demands on the body.
    • I can already hear community leaders complaining that the budget for parks is necessarily limited by other more pressing demands on the public purse.
    • There are many pressing demands on limited incomes.
    Synonyms
  • 1.2 [mass noun] The desire of consumers, clients, employers, etc. for a particular commodity, service, or other item: a recent slump in demand [count noun]: a demand for specialists
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    • Demand for water treatment products has been enhanced by concern for environmental protection.
    • Demand for Thai products among Cambodians is as high as 70 percent.
    • Demand for tickets is again expected to be considerable this week.
    Synonyms
    market, call, appetite, desire; run on, rush on

verb

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Phrases

in demand

Sought after: all these skills are much in demand
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  • As he improved, word of mouth got round, and Alistair's skills were soon in demand.
  • Your skills are in demand like never before and chances are the situation is only to get better.
  • The women painted by the Raja have never been as much in demand in the art market as they are today.
Synonyms
sought-after, desired, coveted, wanted, requested, required; marketable, desirable, popular, in vogue, fashionable, all the rage, at a premium, like gold dust
informal big, trendy, hot, to die for
British informal , • dated all the go

on demand

As soon as or whenever required: a combination boiler provides hot water on demand [as modifier]: an on-demand movie service on broadband
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  • It had required people to produce their ID card on demand by the police.
  • From early in the morning to late at night, it provides health care on demand.
  • There is a fine restaurant, and room service provides high-quality food and drink on demand from a short menu.

Derivatives

demander

noun
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  • Anyway, I wish I could hand these demanders of authenticity a copy of any book by Miss Manners.
  • Financial institutions are simultaneously demanders in one and suppliers in another set of financial markets.
  • And since the education system is being funded by tax dollars rather than by the demanders themselves, it becomes much easier to increase salaries (regardless of competence).

Origin

Middle English (as a noun): from Old French demande (noun), demander (verb), from Latin demandare 'hand over, entrust' (in medieval Latin 'demand'), from de- 'formally' + mandare 'to order'.

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