- 1An insistent and peremptory request, made as of right: a series of demands for far-reaching reformsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 (usually demands) Pressing requirements: he’s got enough demands on his time alreadyMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2 [mass noun] The desire of consumers, clients, employers, etc. for a particular commodity, service, or other item: a recent slump in demand [count noun]: a demand for specialistsMore example sentences
- 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.
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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 namesMore 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.
- 1.1 [with object] Insist on having: an outraged public demanded retribution too much was being demanded of the top playersMore 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.
- 1.2Require; need: a complex activity demanding detailed knowledgeMore 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.
- 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: a combination boiler provides hot water 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.
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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'.