demand

Demand means "an urgent request," like your demand that teachers give no homework on the weekend, or the act of making the request — teachers who demand that the work get done, even if it's the weekend.

Demand comes from the Old French word demander, meaning "ask, make inquiry." A demand is a lot stronger than that, however. When you demand something, you want action now. A demand can also mean "to require" like cold weather that demands warm coats and boots. Demand is also an economic term, meaning "the amount of an item that can be sold," like the demand for those snow boots: high in winter and nonexistent in summer.

Primary Meanings of demand

1.
vn
request urgently and forcefully
the act of demanding
2.
vn
require as useful, just, or proper
a condition requiring relief
Full Definitions of demand
1

v 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”
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want
wish or demand the presence of
ask, expect, require
consider obligatory; request and expect
clamor, clamour
make loud demands
dun
persistently ask for overdue payment
ask
require or ask for as a price or condition
call
require the presentation of for redemption before maturation
Type of:
bespeak, call for, quest, request
express the need or desire for; ask for

v ask to be informed of

“I demand an explanation”
Type of:
bespeak, call for, quest, request
express the need or desire for; ask for

v claim as due or just

“The bank demanded payment of the loan”
Synonyms:
exact
Types:
command
demand as one's due
call, call in
demand payment of (a loan)
Type of:
claim
ask for legally or make a legal claim to, as of debts, for example

v lay legal claim to

Type of:
claim
ask for legally or make a legal claim to, as of debts, for example

v summon to court

Type of:
cite, summon, summons
call in an official matter, such as to attend court

n the act of demanding

“the kidnapper's exorbitant demands for money”
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exaction
act of demanding or levying by force or authority
claim
demand for something as rightful or due
extortion
unjust exaction (as by the misuse of authority)
insurance claim
demand for payment in accordance with an insurance policy
Type of:
activity
any specific behavior

n an urgent or peremptory request

“his demands for attention were unceasing”
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challenge
a demand by a sentry for a password or identification
ultimatum
a final peremptory demand
insistence, insisting
continual and persistent demands
call, claim
a demand especially in the phrase "the call of duty"
requisition
the act of requiring; an authoritative request or demand, especially by a military or public authority that takes something over (usually temporarily) for military or public use
call
a demand for a show of hands in a card game
call, margin call
a demand by a broker that a customer deposit enough to bring his margin up to the minimum requirement
pay claim, wage claim
the wage demanded from management for workers by their union representatives
purism
scrupulous or exaggerated insistence on purity or correctness (especially in language)
Type of:
petition, postulation, request
a formal message requesting something that is submitted to an authority
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v require as useful, just, or proper

“This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice”
Synonyms:
ask, call for, involve, necessitate, need, postulate, require, take
claim, exact, take
take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs
Antonyms:
eliminate, obviate, rid of
do away with
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claim, exact, take
take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs
govern
require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood
draw
require a specified depth for floating
cost
require to lose, suffer, or sacrifice
cry for, cry out for
need badly or desperately
compel
necessitate or exact

n a condition requiring relief

“there is a demand for jobs”
Synonyms:
need
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deficiency, lack, want
the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable
necessity
the condition of being essential or indispensable
absence
the state of being absent
dearth, famine, shortage
an acute insufficiency
deficit
a deficiency or failure in neurological or mental functioning
mineral deficiency
lack of a mineral micronutrient that is essential for normal nutrition or metabolism
shortness
the condition of being short of something
stringency, tightness
a state occasioned by scarcity of money and a shortage of credit
requisiteness
the state of being absolutely required
urgency
the state of being urgent; an earnest and insistent necessity
Type of:
condition, status
a state at a particular time

n the ability and desire to purchase goods and services

“the automobile reduced the demand for buggywhips”
“the demand exceeded the supply”
Antonyms:
supply
offering goods and services for sale
Types:
consumption, economic consumption, usance, use, use of goods and services
(economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing
conspicuous consumption
buying expensive services and products in order to flaunt your wealth
Type of:
economic process
any process affecting the production and development and management of material wealth

n required activity

“there were many demands on his time”
Synonyms:
requirement
Type of:
duty, obligation, responsibility
the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force

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