demand Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun an urgent or peremptory request
- his demands for attention were unceasing
noun the ability and desire to purchase goods and services
- the automobile reduced the demand for buggywhips
- the demand exceeded the supply
noun required activity
- the requirements of his work affected his health
- there were many demands on his time
noun the act of demanding
- the kidnapper's exorbitant demands for money
noun a condition requiring relief
- she satisfied his need for affection
- God has no need of men to accomplish His work
- there is a demand for jobs
verb request urgently and forcefully
- The victim's family is demanding compensation
- The boss demanded that he be fired immediately
- She demanded to see the manager
verb require as useful, just, or proper
call for; require; necessitate; involve; need; take; ask; postulate.
- It takes nerve to do what she did
- success usually requires hard work
- This job asks a lot of patience and skill
- This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice
- This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert
- This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent
verb claim as due or just
- The bank demanded payment of the loan
verb lay legal claim to
verb summon to court
verb ask to be informed of
- I demand an explanation
De*mand" transitive verb
To ask or call for with authority; to claim or seek from, as by authority or right; to claim, as something due; to call for urgently or peremptorily; as, to demanda debt; to demandobedience.
This, in our foresaid holy father's name, Pope Innocent, I do demand of thee. Shak.
To inquire authoritatively or earnestly; to ask, esp. in a peremptory manner; to question.
I did demand what news from Shrewsbury. Shak.
To require as necessary or useful; to be in urgent need of; hence, to call for; as, the case. demandscare
(Law) To call into court; to summon.Burrill.
De*mand" intransitive verb
To make a demand; to inquire.
The soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? Luke iii. 14.
The act of demanding; an asking with authority; a peremptory urging of a claim; a claiming or challenging as due; requisition; as, the demandof a creditor; a note payable on demand.
The demand [is] by the word of the holy ones. Dan. iv. 17.
He that has confidence to turn his wishes into demands will be but a little way from thinking he ought to obtain them. Locke.
Earnest inquiry; question; query.Shak.
A diligent seeking or search; manifested want; desire to posses; request; as, a demandfor certain goods; a person's company is in great demand.
In 1678 came forth a second edition [Pilgrim's Progress] with additions; and the demand became immense. Macaulay.
That which one demands or has a right to demand; thing claimed as due; claim; as,. demandson an estate
(Law) (a) The asking or seeking for what is due or claimed as due. (b) The right or title in virtue of which anything may be claimed;. as, to hold a demandagainst a person (c) A thing or amount claimed to be due.
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