Meaning of DEMAND in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ dɪmɑ:nd, -mænd ]

( demands, demanding, demanded)

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.


If you demand something such as information or action, you ask for it in a very forceful way.

Mr Byers last night demanded an immediate explanation from the Education Secretary...

Russia demanded that Unita send a delegation to the peace talks...

The hijackers are demanding to speak to representatives of both governments...

‘What did you expect me to do about it?’ she demanded.

VERB : V n from n , V that , V to-inf , V with quote


If one thing demands another, the first needs the second in order to happen or be dealt with successfully.

He said the task of reconstruction would demand much patience, hard work and sacrifice...

= require

VERB : V n


A demand is a firm request for something.

There have been demands for services from tenants up there...

N-COUNT : usu with supp


If you refer to demand , or to the demand for something, you are referring to how many people want to have it, do it, or buy it.

Another flight would be arranged on Saturday if sufficient demand arose...

Demand for coal is down and so are prices...

≠ supply



The demands of something or its demands on you are the things which it needs or the things which you have to do for it.

...the demands and challenges of a new job...

N-PLURAL : usu N of n , N on n


If someone or something is in demand or in great demand , they are very popular and a lot of people want them.

He was much in demand as a lecturer in the US.

PHRASE : v-link PHR


If someone or something makes demands on you, they require you to do things which need a lot of time, energy, or money.

I had no right to make demands on his time.

PHRASE : V inflects , usu PHR on n


If something is available or happens on demand , you can have it or it happens whenever you want it or ask for it.

...a national commitment to providing treatment on demand for drug abusers.


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