demanded; demands; demanding

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.

Definitions of demand
  1. 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”
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    wish or demand the presence of
    ask, expect, require
    consider obligatory; request and expect
    clamor, clamour
    make loud demands
    persistently ask for overdue payment
    require or ask for as a price or condition
    require the presentation of for redemption before maturation
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    bespeak, call for, quest, request
    express the need or desire for; ask for
  2. verb
    ask to be informed of
    “I demand an explanation”
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    bespeak, call for, quest, request
    express the need or desire for; ask for
  3. verb
    claim as due or just
    “The bank demanded payment of the loan”
    synonyms: exact
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    demand as one's due
    call, call in
    demand payment of (a loan)
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    ask for legally or make a legal claim to, as of debts, for example
  4. verb
    lay legal claim to
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    ask for legally or make a legal claim to, as of debts, for example
  5. verb
    summon to court
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    cite, summon, summons
    call in an official matter, such as to attend court
  6. noun
    the act of demanding
    “the kidnapper's exorbitant demands for money”
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    act of demanding or levying by force or authority
    demand for something as rightful or due
    unjust exaction (as by the misuse of authority)
    insurance claim
    demand for payment in accordance with an insurance policy
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    any specific behavior
  7. noun
    an urgent or peremptory request
    “his demands for attention were unceasing”
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    a demand by a sentry for a password or identification
    a final peremptory demand
    insistence, insisting
    continual and persistent demands
    call, claim
    a demand especially in the phrase "the call of duty"
    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
    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
    scrupulous or exaggerated insistence on purity or correctness (especially in language)
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    petition, postulation, request
    a formal message requesting something that is submitted to an authority
  8. verb
    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
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    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
    require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood
    require a specified depth for floating
    require to lose, suffer, or sacrifice
    cry for, cry out for
    need badly or desperately
    necessitate or exact
  9. noun
    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
    the condition of being essential or indispensable
    the state of being absent
    dearth, famine, shortage
    an acute insufficiency
    a deficiency or failure in neurological or mental functioning
    mineral deficiency
    lack of a mineral micronutrient that is essential for normal nutrition or metabolism
    the condition of being short of something
    stringency, tightness
    a state occasioned by scarcity of money and a shortage of credit
    the state of being absolutely required
    the state of being urgent; an earnest and insistent necessity
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    condition, status
    a state at a particular time
  10. noun
    the ability and desire to purchase goods and services
    “the automobile reduced the demand for buggywhips”
    “the demand exceeded the supply”
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    offering goods and services for sale
    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
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    economic process
    any process affecting the production and development and management of material wealth
  11. noun
    required activity
    “there were many demands on his time”
    synonyms: requirement
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    duty, obligation, responsibility
    the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force
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