[ dih-mand, -mahnd ]
/ dɪˈmænd, -ˈmɑnd /
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verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to make a demand; inquire; ask.




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Idioms for demand

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

Origin of demand

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English demaunden, from Anglo-French demaunder, from Medieval Latin dēmandāre “to demand,” Latin “to entrust,” equivalent to dē- negative prefix + mandāre “to commission, order”; see de-, mandate
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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British Dictionary definitions for demand

/ (dɪˈmɑːnd) /

verb (tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive)


demandable, adjectivedemander, noun
C13: from Anglo-French demaunder, from Medieval Latin dēmandāre, from Latin: to commit to, from de- + mandāre to command, entrust; see mandate
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 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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