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.
Idioms about demand
on demand, upon presentation or request for payment: The fee is payable on demand.
- de·mand·a·ble, adjective
- de·mand·er, noun
- coun·ter·de·mand, noun
- o·ver·de·mand, verb, noun
- pre·de·mand, verb (used with object)
- su·per·de·mand, noun
- un·de·mand·ed, adjective
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How to use demand in a sentence
For two years she has eschewed demands for a Medicare for All vote that centrist worried would repel swing voters in their GOP-leaning districts.Trump moves closer to Pelosi in economic aid talks, and House speaker must decide next move | Rachael Bade, Erica Werner | September 17, 2020 | Washington Post
The film, which was supposed to be in theaters earlier this year, is coming out via video-on-demand on Friday as the coronavirus pandemic continues to upend theatrical release schedules.‘Antebellum’ tackles the past head on in an effort to ‘move forward’ | radmarya | September 17, 2020 | Fortune
Similarly, Barr is often accused of undermining core Justice Department norms, particularly with his interventions in the Roger Stone and Michael Flynn cases and in his demand for an investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation.William Barr’s eyebrow-raising ‘robber barons’ metaphor for the Trump era | Aaron Blake | September 17, 2020 | Washington Post
Oil demand is in a slump and it won’t recover any time soon.There’s growing consensus that oil demand won’t make a comeback | eamonbarrett | September 17, 2020 | Fortune
That leaves them reliant on portable air filtration devices, which are often effective but can also be hard to find right now due to coronavirus-driven demand.Wildfire smoke and COVID-19 are a one-two punch for indoor air quality across the U.S. | dzanemorris | September 17, 2020 | Fortune
So we do demand justice and we do speak up and make demands.
“Competition is there, of course, but I think there is enough business for everyone as long as the demand is there,” he says.
In doing so he exposed the failure of other airlines in the region to see the huge pent-up demand for cheap travel.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501 | Clive Irving | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Judging from current figures, there would be a substantial demand for this option, too.
There is one time, however, when couple dancing is in high demand, and that is around weddings.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread | IranWire | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
You see, I am the city undertaker, and the people are dying here so fast, that I can hardly supply the demand for coffins.The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
Wordsworth has illustrated how an unwise and importunate demand for a reason from a child may drive him into invention.Children's Ways | James Sully
Fajardo seconds the demand of the citizens of Manila that the Audiencia be suppressed, alleging that it does more harm than good.
England proclaimed a rough indignation at the demand for Gibraltar, which Austria had made in behalf of Spain.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
This demand was made with scornful seriousness; with a ruthless application to the feelings of a son.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
British Dictionary definitions for demand
to request peremptorily or urgently
to require or need as just, urgent, etc: the situation demands attention
to claim as a right; exact: his 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 sacrifice: a demand on one's time
the act of demanding something or the thing demanded: the 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 price: Compare supply 1 (def. 9)
law a formal legal claim, esp to real property
in demand sought after; popular
on demand as soon as requested: a draft payable on demand
- demandable, adjective
- demander, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cultural definitions for 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.
Other Idioms and Phrases with demand
see in demand; make demands on; on demand.
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