Definition of demand in English:


Syllabification: de·mand
Pronunciation: /diˈmand


1An insistent and peremptory request, made as if by 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
1.1 (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.
requirement, need, desire, wish, want; claim, imposition
1.2 Economics The desire of purchasers, consumers, clients, employers, etc., for a particular commodity, service, or other item: a recent slump in demand 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


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1Ask authoritatively or brusquely: [with direct speech]: “Where is she?” he demanded [with clause]: the police demanded that he give them the names
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  • 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.
order, command, enjoin, urge
literary bid
ask, inquire, question, interrogate; challenge
1.1 [with object] Insist on having: an outraged public demanded retribution too much was being demanded of the top players
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  • 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.
call for, ask for, request, push for, hold out for; insist on, claiminsist on, stipulate, make a condition of; expect, look for
1.2Require; need: a complex activity demanding detailed knowledge
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  • 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.
1.3 Law Call into court; summon.
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  • There was no promise that the inquiry would even sit in public or have the power to demand documents and summon witnesses.


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; marketable, desirable, popular, all the rage, at a premium, big, trendy, hot

on demand

As soon as or whenever required: he promised us endless coffee 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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