demanding

[ dih-man-ding, -mahn- ]
/ dɪˈmæn dɪŋ, -ˈmɑn- /

adjective

requiring or claiming more than is generally felt by others to be due: a demanding teacher.
calling for intensive effort or attention; taxing: a demanding job.

Origin of demanding

First recorded in 1520–30; demand + -ing2

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Definition for demanding (2 of 2)

demand

[ dih-mand, -mahnd ]
/ dɪˈmænd, -ˈmɑnd /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to make a demand; inquire; ask.

noun

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.
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British Dictionary definitions for demanding (1 of 2)

demanding

/ (dɪˈmɑːndɪŋ) /

adjective

requiring great patience, skill, etca demanding job

Derived Forms

demandingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for demanding (2 of 2)

demand

/ (dɪˈmɑːnd) /

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

noun

Derived Forms

demandable, 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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Culture definitions for demanding

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 demanding

demand


see in demand; make demands on; on demand.

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