[dih-mand, -mahnd]

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to make a demand; inquire; ask.


Nearby words

  1. demagogic,
  2. demagogue,
  3. demagoguery,
  4. demagoguism,
  5. demagogy,
  6. demand bid,
  7. demand bill,
  8. demand curve,
  9. demand deposit,
  10. demand feeding


    on demand, upon presentation or request for payment: The fee is payable on demand.

Origin of demand

1250–1300; Middle English demaunden < Anglo-French demaunder < Medieval Latin dēmandāre to demand, L to entrust, equivalent to dē- de- + mandāre to commission, order; see mandate

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Synonym study

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for demand


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
  1. willingness and ability to purchase goods and services
  2. 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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Word Origin and History for demand
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Culture definitions for demand


The amount of any given commodity that people are ready and able to buy at a given time for a given price. (See supply and demand.)

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Idioms and Phrases with demand


see in demand; make demands on; on demand.

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