[ dih-mand, -mahnd ]
/ dɪˈmænd, -ˈmɑnd /
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
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.
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on demand, upon presentation or request for payment: The fee is payable on demand.
Origin of demand
SYNONYMS FOR demand
de·mand·a·ble, adjectivede·mand·er, nouncoun·ter·de·mand, nouno·ver·de·mand, verb, noun
pre·de·mand, verb (used with object)su·per·de·mand, nounun·de·mand·ed, adjective
3. Demand, claim, require imply making an authoritative request. To demand is to ask in a bold, authoritative way: to demand an explanation. To claim is to assert a right to something: He claimed it as his due. To require is to ask for something as being necessary; to compel: The Army requires absolute obedience of its soldiers.
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Examples from the Web for counter-demand
This reply is not unlike the counter-demand to the third question in our story.Filipino Popular Tales|Dean S. Fansler
British Dictionary definitions for counter-demand
/ (dɪˈmɑːnd) /
verb (tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive)
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
Derived Formsdemandable, adjectivedemander, noun
Word Origin for demand
C13: from Anglo-French demaunder, from Medieval Latin dēmandāre, from Latin: to commit to, from de- + mandāre to command, entrust; see mandate
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Culture definitions for counter-demand
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Idioms and Phrases with counter-demand
see in demand; make demands on; on demand.
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