Definition of demo in English:


Syllabification: dem·o
Pronunciation: /ˈdemō

noun (plural demos)

  • 1A demonstration of a product or technique: staff members gave a demo of the technology
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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

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 equipment): Apple is expected to demo the newest version of its mobile operating system at the conference
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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) as a trial while considering 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.

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