What does demand mean?

Definitions for demand
dɪˈmænd, -ˈmɑndde·mand

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. demand(noun)

    an urgent or peremptory request

    "his demands for attention were unceasing"

  2. demand(noun)

    the ability and desire to purchase goods and services

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

  3. requirement, demand(noun)

    required activity

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

  4. demand(noun)

    the act of demanding

    "the kidnapper's exorbitant demands for money"

  5. need, demand(verb)

    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. demand(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"

  7. 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"

  8. demand, exact(verb)

    claim as due or just

    "The bank demanded payment of the loan"

  9. demand(verb)

    lay legal claim to

  10. demand(verb)

    summon to court

  11. demand(verb)

    ask to be informed of

    "I demand an explanation"


  1. demand(Noun)

    The desire to purchase goods and services.

    Prices usually go up when demand exceeds supply.

  2. demand(Noun)

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

  3. demand(Noun)

    A need.

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

  4. demand(Noun)

    A claim for something.

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

  5. demand(Noun)

    A requirement.

    His job makes many demands on his time.

  6. demand(Noun)

    An urgent request.

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

  7. demand(Noun)

    An order.

  8. demand(Noun)

    (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. demand(Verb)

    To request forcefully.

    I demand to see the manager.

  10. demand(Verb)

    To claim a right to something.

    The bank is demanding the mortgage payment.

  11. demand(Verb)

    To ask forcefully for information.

    I demand an immediate explanation.

  12. demand(Verb)

    To require of someone.

    This job demands a lot of patience.

  13. demand(Verb)

    To issue a summons to court.

  14. Origin: From demander.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Demand(verb)

    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. Demand(verb)

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

  3. Demand(verb)

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

  4. Demand(verb)

    to call into court; to summon

  5. Demand(verb)

    to make a demand; to inquire

  6. Demand(verb)

    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. Demand(verb)

    earnest inquiry; question; query

  8. Demand(verb)

    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. Demand(verb)

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

  10. Demand(verb)

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

  11. Demand(verb)

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

  12. Demand(verb)

    a thing or amount claimed to be due

  13. 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.]


  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. Amanda Cosenza:

    This fits with demand.

  2. Dan Irwin:

    The model is demand driven.

  3. Abdul Sattar:

    Demand for fiction is high.

  4. Robert Chisel:

    Our revenues lag the demand.

  5. Lydia Waithera:

    There is an insatiable demand.

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