1. [ noun ] an urgent or peremptory request

"his demands for attention were unceasing"

Related terms: request insistence call ultimatum requisition wage_claim margin_call call challenge
2. [ noun ] (economics) the ability and desire to purchase goods and services

"the automobile reduced the demand for buggywhips" "the demand exceeded the supply"

Related terms: supply economic_process consumption
3. [ 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"

Related terms: request ask want clamor ask push dun
4. [ verb ] require as useful, just, or proper
Synonyms: require need take call_for necessitate involve 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"

Related terms: obviate imply cost claim cry_out_for draw govern claim need requirement necessity necessity
5. [ noun ] a condition requiring relief
Synonyms: need

"she satisfied his need for affection" "God has no need of men to accomplish His work" "there is a demand for jobs"

Related terms: condition lack necessity necessitate
6. [ noun ] (sociology) required activity
Synonyms: requirement

"the requirements of his work affected his health" "there were many demands on his time"

Related terms: duty necessitate
7. [ noun ] the act of demanding

"the kidnapper's exorbitant demands for money"

Related terms: activity claim exaction
8. [ verb ] (law) claim as due or just
Synonyms: exact

"The bank demanded payment of the loan"

Related terms: claim command call exaction
9. [ verb ] (law) lay legal claim to
Related terms: claim
10. [ verb ] (law) summon to court
Related terms: summon
11. [ verb ] ask to be informed of

: "I demand an explanation"

Related terms: request
Similar spelling:   demander