- 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.
- on demand, upon presentation or request for payment: The fee is payable on demand.
Origin of demand
SynonymsSee more synonyms for demand on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for demanded
He challenged the very core of the Iranian theocracy and demanded respect for basic human rights.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015
December 25, 2014
After fighting alongside her brothers for years in the 1980s, she demanded the women fighters be formally recognized.Embedding With the Women Who Are Kicking ISIS Ass
December 15, 2014
But were Americans ever so worked up about the practice that they demanded it not be undertaken in their name?The U.S. Will Torture Again—and We’re All to Blame
December 12, 2014
I was beaten by prison guards who demanded to know who had made me write against Islam.What It’s Like to Be an Atheist in Palestine
Waleed al-Husseini, Movements.Org
December 8, 2014
The cops also asked for “very public apology” from the team, and demanded that the five players be disciplined.The St. Louis Rams Enter the Ferguson Fray
December 1, 2014
He was stopped by a policeman, who demanded, "Whose bag is that, Johnny?"Brave and Bold
He demanded, moreover, that the interests of the planters should be duly regarded.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
They had their blood-hounds with them, and demanded permission of Dansley to search his house.Biography of a Slave
It demanded that she be the criminal it had branded her—if she were to live at all.
Aggie demanded, with that slangy diction which was her habit.
- 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
Word Origin and History for demanded
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.
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.