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demand - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'demand' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Demand [ v. i.]
- To make a demand; to inquire.
2 . Demand [ v. t.]
- 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 demand a debt; to demand obedience.
- To inquire authoritatively or earnestly; to ask, esp. in a peremptory manner; to question.
- To require as necessary or useful; to be in urgent need of; hence, to call for; as, the case demands care.
- To call into court; to summon.
- The act of demanding; an asking with authority; a peremptory urging of a claim; a claiming or challenging as due; requisition; as, the demand of a creditor; a note payable on demand.
- Earnest inquiry; question; query.
- A diligent seeking or search; manifested want; desire to possess; request; as, a demand for certain goods; a person's company is in great demand.
- That which one demands or has a right to demand; thing claimed as due; claim; as, demands on an estate.
- The asking or seeking for what is due or claimed as due.
- The right or title in virtue of which anything may be claimed; as, to hold a demand against a person.
- A thing or amount claimed to be due.

Meaning of 'demand' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . demand [ n]
Meaning (1):
- a condition requiring relief
Example in sentence:
  • God has no need of men to accomplish His work;
  • she satisfied his need for affection;
  • there is a demand for jobs
Meaning (2):
- an urgent or peremptory request
Example in sentence:
  • his demands for attention were unceasing
Meaning (3):
- the ability and desire to purchase goods and services
Example in sentence:
  • the automobile reduced the demand for buggywhips;
  • the demand exceeded the supply
Meaning (4):
- the act of demanding
Example in sentence:
  • the kidnapper's exorbitant demands for money
Meaning (5):
- required activity
Example in sentence:
  • the requirements of his work affected his health;
  • there were many demands on his time
6 . demand [ v]
Meaning (6):
- ask to be informed of
Example in sentence:
  • I demand an explanation
Meaning (7):
- require as useful, just, or proper
Example in sentence:
  • It takes nerve to do what she did;
  • success usually requires hard work;
  • This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert;
  • This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent;
  • This job asks a lot of patience and skill;
  • This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice
Meaning (8):
- request urgently and forcefully
Example in sentence:
  • She demanded to see the manager;
  • The boss demanded that he be fired immediately;
  • The victim's family is demanding compensation
Meaning (9):
- claim as due or just
Example in sentence:
  • The bank demanded payment of the loan