Definition of demand in English:


Line breaks: de¦mand
Pronunciation: /dɪˈmɑːnd


  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
    market, call, appetite, desire; run on, rush on


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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.
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.



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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).


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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