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Pronunciation: /dɪˈmænd; dɪˈmɑːnd/

Translation of demand in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 [person] (call for, insist on) exigir*; (ask) preguntar I demand a fair trial exijo un juicio imparcial they're demanding immediate payment of the debt exigen el pago inmediato de la deuda the unions are demanding better conditions los sindicatos reclaman mejores condiciones to demand money with menaces [Law/Derecho] exigir* dinero con intimidación what have I done? he demanded —¿qué he hecho yo? —preguntó to demand to + infinitive/infinitivo exigir* + infinitive/infinitivo or que + subjunctive/subjuntivo she demanded to know the reason quiso saber el porqué, exigió que se le dijera por qué to demand sth of sb exigirle* algo a algn a great deal is demanded of the students on this course en este curso se les exige mucho a los alumnos
    Example sentences
    • The scorer walked up to him in a tea break and brusquely demanded to know his name.
    • They were demanding that the erring police officials be arrested and action taken against them.
    • Officials marched in with police back-up, demanding to see the staff's working permits.
    Example sentences
    • The more the government does, the more that is demanded of it.
    • All of the questions were well laid out, students knew what was demanded of them and they typically had plenty of time.
    • It is a long time since so little was expected of the player who, at 32, now finds that a major triumph is routinely demanded of him.
  • 2 (necessitate, require) [dedication/perseverance] exigir*, requerir* this document demands your immediate attention este documento requiere su atención inmediata
    Example sentences
    • The exercise is a delicate one which demands both detailed knowledge of the original texts and insight into the bases of contemporary feminist hostility to them.
    • True, it is often a blunt instrument when the requirements of justice demand sensitive application in complex human situations.
    • Community groups got intensely involved, demanding a wealth of detailed information.


  • 1 countable/numerable (claim) exigencia (feminine); (in negotiations) reivindicación (feminine), reclamo (masculine); (request) petición (feminine), pedido (masculine) (Latin America/América Latina) to comply with sb's demands satisfacer* las exigencias de algn the union's wage demands las reivindicaciones salariales del sindicato by popular demand a petición or (in Latin America also/en América Latina también) pedido del público the trial made enormous demands on his health el juicio puso a prueba su salud her work makes heavy o great demands on her time el trabajo le absorbe gran parte del tiempo she did not feel equal to the demands of the job no se sentía capaz de hacer frente a las exigencias del trabajo, no se sentía a la altura de lo que el trabajo exigía abortion on demand libre aborto (masculine) contraception on demand libre acceso (masculine) a los anticonceptivos payable on demand pagadero a la vista (before noun/delante del nombre) [draft/deposit/note] a la vista
  • 2 uncountable/no numerable (requirement) [Business/Comercio] demanda (feminine) these shoes are much in demand estos zapatos tienen gran demanda or se venden mucho he's in great demand as a magician es un mago muy solicitado or popular (the) demand exceeds (the) supply la demanda es superior a or supera la oferta there is (a) great demand for teachers hay una gran demanda de profesores to create a demand for sth crear demanda de algo

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