an urgent or peremptory request
"his demands for attention were unceasing"
the ability and desire to purchase goods and services
"the automobile reduced the demand for buggywhips"; "the demand exceeded the supply"
"the requirements of his work affected his health"; "there were many demands on his time"
the act of demanding
"the kidnapper's exorbitant demands for money"
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"
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"
necessitate, ask, postulate, need, require, take, involve, call for, demand(verb)
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 postulate a patient's consent"
claim as due or just
"The bank demanded payment of the loan"
lay legal claim to
summon to court
ask to be informed of
"I demand an explanation"
The desire to purchase goods and services.
Prices usually go up when demand exceeds supply.
The amount of a good or service that consumers are willing to buy at a particular price.
There is a demand for voluntary health workers in the poorer parts of Africa and Asia.
A claim for something.
Modern society is responding to women's demands for equality.
His job makes many demands on his time.
An urgent request.
She couldn't ignore the newborn baby's demands for attention.
(electric) the measure of the maximum power load of a utility's customer over a short period of time; the power load integrated over a specified time interval.
To request forcefully.
I demand to see the manager.
To claim a right to something.
The bank is demanding the mortgage payment.
To ask forcefully for information.
I demand an immediate explanation.
To require of someone.
This job demands a lot of patience.
To issue a summons to court.
Origin: From demander.
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
to inquire authoritatively or earnestly; to ask, esp. in a peremptory manner; to question
to require as necessary or useful; to be in urgent need of; hence, to call for; as, the case demands care
to call into court; to summon
to make a demand; to inquire
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
earnest inquiry; question; query
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
that which one demands or has a right to demand; thing claimed as due; claim; as, demands on an estate
the asking or seeking for what is due or claimed as due
the right or title in virtue of which anything may be claimed; as, to hold a demand against a person
a thing or amount claimed to be due
Origin: [F. demander, LL. demandare to demand, summon, send word, fr. L. demandare to give in charge, intrust; de- + mandare to commit to one's charge, commission, order, command. Cf. Mandate, Commend.]
In the theory of Jacques Lacan, demand represents the way instinctive desires are inevitably alienated through the effects of language on the human condition. The concept of demand was developed by Lacan in parallel to those of need and desire to account for the role of speech on human aspirations. Demand forms part of Lacan's battle against the approach to language acquisition favored by ego psychology, and makes use of Kojeve's theory of desire. Demand is not a Freudian concept.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
dē-mand′, v.t. to claim: to ask earnestly or authoritatively: to call for: to question.—n. the asking for what is due: an asking for with authority: a claim: earnest inquiry.—adj. Demand′able, that may be demanded.—n. Demand′ant, one who demands: a plaintiff:—fem. Demand′ress.—In great demand, much sought after. [Fr.,—Low L. demandāre, to demand—L. de, from, and mandāre, to put into one's charge.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Demand' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1128
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Demand' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2082
Rank popularity for the word 'Demand' in Nouns Frequency: #301
Rank popularity for the word 'Demand' in Verbs Frequency: #259
The numerical value of Demand in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of Demand in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.
People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.
To learn to get along without, to realize that what the world is going to demand of us may be a good deal more important than what we are entitled to demand of it - this is a hard lesson.
The steel sector has been heavily impacted by China's slowdown because more than 50 percent of the demand is there, but Japanese steel companies will be hurt a little less than others by the shrinking demand because of the domestic demand from automotive players.
Chinese oil demand growth, the largest single contributor to world oil demand growth, may begin to flatten more quickly than some long-term projections indicate, this could result in world oil demand growth falling from its 2000-2016 trend of 1.1 million bpd year-on-year to only 800,000 bpd ... by 2024.
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Translations for Demand
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- طلب, يطلب, الطلبArabic
- патрабава́ць, запатрабава́цьBelarusian
- изисквам, търсене, искам, потребностBulgarian
- exigirCatalan, Valencian
- efterspørgsel, krav, kræveDanish
- verlangen, bestehen, NachfrageGerman
- exigencia, demanda, exigir, demandarSpanish
- kysyntä, vaatia, tivata, tarve, maksimikysyntä, vaatimus, menekki, haastaa, tiukataFinnish
- demande, exiger, exigeFrench
- iarrtas, fèill, iarrScottish Gaelic
- ביקוש, דרישה, דרשHebrew
- követelés, kereslet, követel, igényHungarian
- heimta, krefja, útheimtaIcelandic
- pretendere, esigere, richiestaItalian
- 要, 要求, 需要Japanese
- 수요, 需要Korean
- eis, vraag, eisen, opeisenDutch
- behov, kreve, etterspørsel, forlange, kravNorwegian
- pedido, demanda, demandar, exigir, solicitação, exigemPortuguese
- cere, cerereRomanian
- требовать, требование, потребность, спрос, иск, претензия, необходимость, предъявлять требование, предъявлять иск, нуждаRussian
- zahteva, povpraševanjeSlovene
- efterfrågan, kräva, begäraSwedish
- పొందగోరు, ఆనతి, నిర్భంధించుTelugu
- istek, talepTurkish
- nhu cầuVietnamese
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