[dih-mand, -mahnd] /dɪˈmænd, -ˈmɑnd/
verb (used with object)
to ask for with proper authority; claim as a right:
He demanded payment of the debt.
to ask for peremptorily or urgently:
He demanded sanctuary. She demanded that we let her in.
to call for or require as just, proper, or necessary:
This task demands patience. Justice demands objectivity.
verb (used without object)
to make a demand; inquire; ask.
the act of demanding.
something that is demanded.
an urgent or pressing requirement:
demands upon one’s time.
a requisition; a legal claim:
The demands of the client could not be met.
the state of being wanted or sought for purchase or use:
an article in great demand.
Archaic. inquiry; question.
on demand, upon presentation or request for payment:
The fee is payable on demand.
[dih-man-ding, -mahn-] /dɪˈmæn dɪŋ, -ˈmɑn-/
requiring or claiming more than is generally felt by others to be due:
a demanding teacher.
calling for intensive effort or attention; taxing:
a demanding job.
verb (transitive; may take a clause as object or an infinitive)
to request peremptorily or urgently
to require or need as just, urgent, etc: the situation demands attention
to claim as a right; exact: his parents demanded obedience of him
(law) to make a formal legal claim to (property, esp realty)
an urgent or peremptory requirement or request
something that requires special effort or sacrifice: a demand on one’s time
the act of demanding something or the thing demanded: the kidnappers’ demand was a million pounds
an insistent question or query
(law) a formal legal claim, esp to real property
in demand, sought after; popular
on demand, as soon as requested: a draft payable on demand
requiring great patience, skill, etc: a demanding job
early 15c., “asking, questioning,” present participle adjective from demand (v.). Meaning “insistent” is by late 19c. Related: Demandingly.
late 14c., “ask, make inquiry,” from Old French demander (12c.) “to request; to demand,” from Latin demandare “entrust, charge with a commission” (in Vulgar Latin, “to ask, request, demand”), from de- “completely” (see de-) + mandare “to order” (see mandate). Meaning “to ask for as a right” is early 15c., from Anglo-French legal use. Related: Demanded; demanding.
late 13c., “a question,” from Old French demande (see demand (v.)). Meaning “a request, claim” is from c.1300. In the political economy sense (correlating to supply) it is attested from 1776 in Adam Smith.
The amount of any given commodity that people are ready and able to buy at a given time for a given price. (See supply and demand.)
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