verb (used with object)
- to lay formal legal claim to.
- to summon, as to court.
verb (used without object)
- the desire to purchase, coupled with the power to do so.
- the quantity of goods that buyers will take at a particular price.
- demand bid,
- demand bill,
- demand curve,
- demand deposit,
- demand feeding
Origin of demand
Examples from the Web for demand
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.
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Anna Nemtsova|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was through this work that Bensoussan discovered there was a demand for ministers to perform weddings at jails and prisons.
Meantime, Allison and Kitty, hurrying home with their guest, had delighted Norah by a demand for early supper.The Little Colonel at Boarding-School|Annie Fellows Johnston
When a senator assumes to speak for the President, every senator possesses a public right to demand his authority for so doing.Thirty Years' View (Vol. II of 2)|Thomas Hart Benton
“It will frighten the rest, who will soon come to terms, and agree to pay any tribute I may demand,” observed the rajah.The Young Rajah|W.H.G. Kingston
The engine having proved itself indispensable, the demand for it was becoming great and pressing from various countries.James Watt|Andrew Carnegie
Demand of him some proofs at least, of his being the messenger of the Deity.Life of Tecumseh, and of His Brother the Prophet|Benjamin Drake
verb (tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive)
- 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)
Word Origin 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.
see in demand; make demands on; on demand.