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Definitions of demand

  1. require as useful, just, or proper; " 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 postulates a patient's consent"
  2. the act of demanding; " the kidnapper's exorbitant demands for money"
  3. required activity; " the requirements of his work affected his health"; " there were many demands on his time"
  4. an urgent or peremptory request; " his demands for attention were unceasing"
  5. the ability and desire to purchase goods and services; " the automobile reduced the demand for buggywhips"; " the demand exceeded the supply"
  6. 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"
  7. 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"
  8. claim as due or just; " The bank demanded payment of the loan"
  9. ask to be informed of; " I demand an explanation"
  10. summon to court
  11. lay legal claim to
  12. 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.
  13. To inquire authoritatively or earnestly; to ask, esp. in a peremptory manner; to question.
  14. To require as necessary or useful; to be in urgent need of; hence, to call for; as, the case demands care.
  15. To call into court; to summon.
  16. To make a demand; to inquire.
  17. 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.
  18. Earnest inquiry; question; query.
  19. 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.
  20. That which one demands or has a right to demand; thing claimed as due; claim; as, demands on an estate.
  21. The asking or seeking for what is due or claimed as due.
  22. The right or title in virtue of which anything may be claimed; as, to hold a demand against a person.
  23. A thing or amount claimed to be due.
  24. To claim; to exact; to question; summon; require.
  25. To inquire by authority.
  26. Authoritative claim; an imperative request; the state of being sought after; as, coal is in great demand.
  27. To claim: to ask earnestly or authoritatively: to call for: to question.
  28. The asking for what is due: an asking for with authority: a claim: earnest inquiry.
  29. A calling- for; claim; question.
  30. To call for; ask; claim.
  31. To claim as due; insist upon; need; require; make claim.
  32. The act of demanding, or that which is demanded; requirement; claim; need.
  33. A claim by right; an asking with authority; a desire to possess; the price demanded; question asked; the asking or seeking for what is due, or claimed as due, either expressly, by words, or by implication, as by seizure of goods or entry into lands. Demand and supply, express the relations between consumption and production, or the desire for commodities and the supply of them, so that when the former is in excess prices rise, and when the latter prices fall.
  34. To claim or seek as due by right; to ask by authority; to require; to ask; to question; to sue for.
  35. To claim or seek from, as by authority or right; to require or ask, as a price; to question as by virtue of a right; in law, to prosecute in a real action.
  36. An asking with authority; a challenging as due; the requiring of a price for goods; the desire to possess.
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Quotes of demand

  1. It has since been agreed that speeches given in English will be translated into French and vice versa, and even into German and Italian when necessary. No doubt translations into Esperanto will also soon be in demand – Fredrik Bajer
  2. We need to reduce or at least limit U. S. demand for oil as quickly as possible, and we need to develop new technologies that can further help address our addiction to oil in the future. – Sherwood Boehlert
  3. The Connection Machines owned by the United States government laboratories were made available to me because they were considered impossible to program and there was no great demand for them at that time. – Philip Emeagwali
  4. In effect, I was asking that if Russia mobilized against Austria, the German Government, who had been supporting the Austrian demand on Serbia, should ask Austria to consider some modification of her demands, under the threat of Russian mobilization. – Edward Grey
  5. Heroes are created by popular demand sometimes out of the scantiest materials, or none at all. – Gerald W. Johnson
  6. We demand that people should be true to the pictures we have of them, no matter how repulsive those pictures may be: we prefer the true portrait in all its homogeneity, to one with a detail added which refuses to fit in. – Pamela Hansford Johnson
  7. People demand freedom only when they have no power. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  8. Madison Avenue is a very powerful aggression against private consciousness. A demand that you yield your private consciousness to public manipulation. – Marshall McLuhan
  9. There is an irresistible demand to strengthen the leadership of the constructive forces of the world at the present momentous time. This is true because of stupendous, almost unbelievable changes which have taken place in recent years on every continent. – John Raleigh Mott
  10. There's a huge demand for my entertainment, and I can't meet the need. So I decided to try a TV show to reach as many of my fans as possible. – Tyler Perry
  11. Down in the south, it's how we find the brownfield sites without taking too much land take to meet the tremendous demand for housing, and that's what I've done. – John Prescott
  12. The constraints of melodrama can be a great blessing, because they demand that all the characters involved- as absurd and extreme as they may initially seem- must stay utterly rooted in their own reality, or the whole project collapses. – Stanley Tucci
  13. In rating ease of description as very important, we are essentially asserting a belief in quantitative knowledge- a belief that most of the key questions in our world sooner or later demand answers to 'by how much?' rather than merely to 'in which direction?' – John Tuley
  14. It is but refusing to gratify an unreasonable or an insolent demand and up starts a patriot. – Robert Walpole

Usage examples for demand

  1. When he saw Pharaoh's demand he smiled. – Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends by Gertrude Landa
  2. Then there was a demand for Primrose; one of her Sunday school children wanted her. – Wych Hazel by Susan and Anna Warner
  3. I demand what is mine by right. – The Lady with the Dog and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov
  4. You don't mean to demand another shot? – The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete by Charles James Lever (1806-1872)
  5. No attention was paid to the demand – A Chapter of Adventures by G. A. Henty
  6. He was in demand now. – The Boys' Life of Mark Twain by Albert Bigelow Paine
  7. Perhaps it would be better to say his nature did not demand it. – Command by William McFee
  8. Weak: I demand the release of the prisoners, in the first place. – The Century Handbook of Writing by Garland Greever Easley S. Jones
  9. I don't quarrel with my sister, and come back after some years to make it up just because I want to make a demand on her purse. – The Emancipated by George Gissing
  10. Therefore I can demand your service. – Princess Maritza by Percy Brebner
  11. " I'll beg them to spare your life, and will promise them any reward they may demand a hundred, or two hundred pounds. – Paddy Finn by W. H. G. Kingston
  12. " Make your demand said Mr. Worthington, " and I'll give you my answer." – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  13. It's a perfect mystery to me how you can demand such a thing of me. – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  14. I say I demand it! – The Journal of Arthur Stirling "The Valley of the Shadow" by Upton Sinclair
  15. I demand it of you by your oath. – A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3) by Felix Dahn
  16. However, these things appear on demand – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  17. Soon he returned to demand Wilfrid's address. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  18. After giving me a bad dinner, do you demand an explanation? – Blind Love by Wilkie Collins
  19. When the subject is considered, there are three questions which naturally demand reply. – Practical Politics; or, the Liberalism of To-day by Alfred Farthing Robbins

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