- to ask for with proper authority; claim as a right: He demanded payment of the debt.
- to ask for peremptorily or urgently: He demanded sanctuary. She demanded that we let her in.
- to call for or require as just, proper, or necessary: This task demands patience. Justice demands objectivity.
- to lay formal legal claim to.
- to summon, as to court.
- to make a demand; inquire; ask.
- the act of demanding.
- something that is demanded.
- an urgent or pressing requirement: demands upon one's time.
- the desire to purchase, coupled with the power to do so.
- the quantity of goods that buyers will take at a particular price.
- a requisition; a legal claim: The demands of the client could not be met.
- the state of being wanted or sought for purchase or use: an article in great demand.
- Archaic. inquiry; question.
- on demand, upon presentation or request for payment: The fee is payable on demand.
Origin of demand
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Examples from the Web for demand
So we do demand justice and we do speak up and make demands.Mexico’s Priests Are Marked for Murder
January 7, 2015
“Competition is there, of course, but I think there is enough business for everyone as long as the demand is there,” he says.Ghost Ships of the Mediterranean
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 6, 2015
Yazbek says the demand for safe crossing has made the smugglers very competitive.Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 15, 2014
The lawyers decided to stay in Chechnya and demand investigation of illegal actions against them and their office.Putin’s Favorite Acolyte Terrorizes Human Rights Activists
December 14, 2014
It was through this work that Bensoussan discovered there was a demand for ministers to perform weddings at jails and prisons.Saying Yes to the Dress—Behind Bars
December 8, 2014
My heart fluttered as I rose to comply with the demand, and the chapel was hushed.
Not for myself, but for my Master's sake, I demand your friendship and fidelity.
I had but to demand an investigation into the man's affairs.
Something to strive for we demand, even at the risk of bereavement.The Conquest of Fear
That sort o' trade, ye see, miss, the demand's not steady in it.Weighed and Wanting
- to request peremptorily or urgently
- to require or need as just, urgent, etcthe situation demands attention
- to claim as a right; exacthis parents demanded obedience of him
- law to make a formal legal claim to (property, esp realty)
- an urgent or peremptory requirement or request
- something that requires special effort or sacrificea demand on one's time
- the act of demanding something or the thing demandedthe kidnappers' demand was a million pounds
- an insistent question or query
- willingness and ability to purchase goods and services
- the amount of a commodity that consumers are willing and able to purchase at a specified priceCompare supply 1 (def. 9)
- law a formal legal claim, esp to real property
- in demand sought after; popular
- on demand as soon as requesteda draft payable on demand
Word Origin and History for demand
late 14c., "ask, make inquiry," from Old French demander (12c.) "to request; to demand," from Latin demandare "entrust, charge with a commission" (in Vulgar Latin, "to ask, request, demand"), from de- "completely" (see de-) + mandare "to order" (see mandate). Meaning "to ask for as a right" is early 15c., from Anglo-French legal use. Related: Demanded; demanding.
late 13c., "a question," from Old French demande (see demand (v.)). Meaning "a request, claim" is from c.1300. In the political economy sense (correlating to supply) it is attested from 1776 in Adam Smith.