Definition of demo in English:

demo

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɛməʊ
 
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informal

noun (plural demos)

1A demonstration of a product or technique: a cookery demo
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  • The official website of the festival promised exciting displays and demos from environmental groups all over the country.
  • He describes a visit to an internet company where he watched a demo of a new web service that allows people to create mashups of movies, combining scenes from various films.
  • He and Leri and two grad students drove to Philadelphia at 4 a.m. to give a demo to a potential investor.
1.1A version of something such as computer software produced to demonstrate its capabilities or for use as a trial: there is a demo to try before you buy
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  • But many casual and hard-core gamers alike may be turned off by the bugs very quickly, so we suggest trying the demo first.
  • They've received quite a lot of awards for their software and they've a demo version which you can download.
  • At least give the free demo a try.
1.2A recording made to demonstrate the capabilities of a musical group or performer or as preparation for a full recording: we recorded a three-song demo [as modifier]: a demo track
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  • Within a year, they recorded a demo, released two singles and an album.
  • Five years previously he had been sending off demo tapes to record labels and getting no response.
  • The band apparently sent him a demo and he liked it so much he asked them out to Fort Apache in Cambridge, MA to record.
2chiefly British A public meeting or march protesting against something or expressing views on a political issue: a peace demo
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  • But because of the foot and mouth crisis, the Whitby-based peace campaigners organising the demo switched venues to Whitby town centre bandstand.
  • A bunch of us are going to the London peace demo on Sunday.
  • I mean, how many demos do you go on these days where a majority of the marchers are in their late teens or early 20s and whose aims are to defend ‘science, reasoned debate and the welfare of mankind’, no less?

verb (demos, demoing, demoed)

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1Record (a song or piece of music) to demonstrate the capabilities of a musical group or performer or as preparation for a full recording: they’ve already demoed twelve new songs
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  • It used to be that the guys with the money owned all the gear and you had to pay big bucks to demo your songs.
  • We're just starting to demo the new album.
  • The song was demoed and we began to pitch it to producers and record companies.
2Demonstrate the capabilities of (software or another product): Apple is expected to demo the newest version of its mobile operating system at the conference next week
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  • Both handsets will be demoed at Acer's press event on 31 August.
  • The fantasy has now become a reality after a Californian research team released a video demoing the futuristic vehicle.
  • When you demo a game over and over again, you start to get a strong sense for what the best parts of your game are, what's really exciting people, and what's not working yet.
2.1Test (software or another product), typically with a view to a future purchase: if you want to demo the app first, a free download is also available for you to test out
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  • Games can be demoed free and purchased or rented a la carte, or players can subscribe to the OnLive PlayPack for unlimited play of more than 200 games, with more titles added monthly.
  • If you get the chance to demo an Amp Cell don't miss out on it!
  • We had a chance to demo some of the new 3DS games on offer at last week's event.

Origin

early 20th century: abbreviation of demonstration and demonstrate.

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