Definition of demand in English:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
verb[reporting verb] Back to top
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
commando from (early 19th century):
In early use commando was a word for an armed unit of Boer horsemen in South Africa. During the Second World War the name was adopted to describe troops specially trained to repel the threatened German invasion of England. The word came into English from Portuguese, but is based on Latin commandare ‘to command’ from com- (giving emphasis) and mandare ‘commit, command, entrust’. To go commando is to wear no underpants, said to be common among commandos. This curious phrase dates back to the 1980s and probably originated as American college slang, although it was popularized by its use in an episode of the 1990s TV comedy Friends. Also from South Africa and the same period is commandeer from Afrikaans. Command itself came into use in Middle English, taken from the Latin via French. From the same root come remand (Late Middle English) ‘command back’; commend (Middle English), formed in the same way as command, but with the sense ‘entrust’ and recommend (Late Middle English); and demand (Middle English) ‘command formally’.
- Sought after: all these skills are much in demandMore example sentences
- 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.
- As soon as or whenever required: he promised us endless coffee on demand [as modifier]: an on-demand movie service on broadbandMore example sentences
- 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.
- Example sentences
- 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).
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