What does demand mean?

Definitions for demand
dɪˈmænd, -ˈmɑndde·mand

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. demandnoun

    an urgent or peremptory request

    "his demands for attention were unceasing"

  2. demandnoun

    the ability and desire to purchase goods and services

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

  3. requirement, demandnoun

    required activity

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

  4. demandnoun

    the act of demanding

    "the kidnapper's exorbitant demands for money"

  5. need, demandverb

    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"

  6. demandverb

    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"

  7. necessitate, ask, postulate, need, require, take, involve, call for, demandverb

    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"

  8. demand, exactverb

    claim as due or just

    "The bank demanded payment of the loan"

  9. demandverb

    lay legal claim to

  10. demandverb

    summon to court

  11. demandverb

    ask to be informed of

    "I demand an explanation"


  1. demandnoun

    The desire to purchase goods and services.

    Prices usually go up when demand exceeds supply.

  2. demandnoun

    The amount of a good or service that consumers are willing to buy at a particular price.

  3. demandnoun

    A need.

    There is a demand for voluntary health workers in the poorer parts of Africa and Asia.

  4. demandnoun

    A claim for something.

    Modern society is responding to women's demands for equality.

  5. demandnoun

    A requirement.

    His job makes many demands on his time.

  6. demandnoun

    An urgent request.

    She couldn't ignore the newborn baby's demands for attention.

  7. demandnoun

    An order.

  8. demandnoun

    (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.

  9. demandverb

    To request forcefully.

    I demand to see the manager.

  10. demandverb

    To claim a right to something.

    The bank is demanding the mortgage payment.

  11. demandverb

    To ask forcefully for information.

    I demand an immediate explanation.

  12. demandverb

    To require of someone.

    This job demands a lot of patience.

  13. demandverb

    To issue a summons to court.

  14. Etymology: From demander.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Demandnoun

    Etymology: demande, French.

    This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones. Dan. iv. 17.

    Giving vent, gives life and strength to our appetites; and he that has the confidence to turn his wishes into demands, will be but a little way from thinking he ought to obtain them. John Locke.

    My bookseller tells me, the demand for those my papers increases daily. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 124.

  2. To DEMANDverb

    Etymology: demander, French.

    The pound of flesh, which I demand of him,
    Is dearly bought, ’tis mine, and I will have it. William Shakespeare.

    And when Uriah was come unto him, David demanded of him how Joab did, and how the people did, and how the war prospered. 2 Sa. xi. 7.

    If any friend of Cæsar’s demand, why Brutus rose against Cæsar, this is my answer: Not that I loved Cæsar less, but that I loved Rome more. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    Young one,
    Inform us of thy fortunes; for, it seems,
    They crave to be demanded. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    The oracle of Apollo being demanded, when the war and misery of Greece should have an end, reply’d, When they would double the altar in Delos, which was of a cubick form. Henry Peacham, on Geometry.


  1. Demand

    In economics, demand is the quantity of a good that consumers are willing and able to purchase at various prices during a given period of time. The relationship between price and quantity demanded is also called the demand curve. Demand for a specific item is a function of an item's perceived necessity, price, perceived quality, convenience, available alternatives, purchasers' disposable income and tastes, and many other factors.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Demandverb

    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

  2. Demandverb

    to inquire authoritatively or earnestly; to ask, esp. in a peremptory manner; to question

  3. Demandverb

    to require as necessary or useful; to be in urgent need of; hence, to call for; as, the case demands care

  4. Demandverb

    to call into court; to summon

  5. Demandverb

    to make a demand; to inquire

  6. Demandverb

    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

  7. Demandverb

    earnest inquiry; question; query

  8. Demandverb

    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

  9. Demandverb

    that which one demands or has a right to demand; thing claimed as due; claim; as, demands on an estate

  10. Demandverb

    the asking or seeking for what is due or claimed as due

  11. Demandverb

    the right or title in virtue of which anything may be claimed; as, to hold a demand against a person

  12. Demandverb

    a thing or amount claimed to be due

  13. Etymology: [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.]


  1. Demand

    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

  1. Demand

    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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. demand

    The official paper by which stores are desired for a ship, the making out of which is the duty of the officer in whose charge the stores will be placed: they must be approved by the captain and admiral before being presented to the dockyard authorities. Also, whence from? where bound?

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'demand' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1128

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'demand' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2082

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'demand' in Nouns Frequency: #301

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'demand' in Verbs Frequency: #259

Anagrams for demand »

  1. madden

  2. damned

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of demand in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of demand in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of demand in a Sentence

  1. Patrick DeHaan:

    This is one of the most dangerous ideas because it's the most likely to immediately spike demand at a time that we're most vulnerable to any supply disruptions.

  2. Alan Kang:

    Offering gifts and cashbacks suggests a lack of substantial customer demand.

  3. David Dollar:

    Inflation is primarily caused by excessive demand chasing too few goods.

  4. David Duke:

    I believe in equal rights for all and respect for all Americans, however, what makes me different is that I also respect and demand the respect for the rights and heritage of European Americans.

  5. Edmund Shing:

    There is still some weakness in final demand for commodities. The world economy is growing, but momentum has faltered of late, the share price volatility shows that investors are uncertain about market fundamentals in the near term following a strong start to the year.

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    come out into view, as from concealment
    • A. emerge
    • B. jeopardize
    • C. depend
    • D. acclaim

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