- The definition of a demand is a strong or urgent command or request.
An example of demand is a dog owner calling for their dog to come to them after escaping from the leash.
- Demand is defined as to urgently ask for something or someone ordering someone to do something.
An example of demand is a court ordering a father to pay child support.
- to ask for boldly or urgently
- to ask for as a right or with authority
- to order to appear; summon
- to ask to know or be informed of
- to call for as necessary; require; need: the work demands patience
- Law to ask relief in court for (what is due one)
Origin of demandMiddle English demaunden from Old French demander, to demand from Classical Latin demandare, to give in charge from de-, away, from + mandare, to entrust: see mandate
- the act of demanding
- a thing demanded
- a strong or authoritative request
- an urgent requirement or claim
- Obs. a question; query
- Econ. the desire for a commodity together with ability to pay for it; also, the amount people are ready and able to buy at a certain price
- Law a peremptory claim which presupposes no doubt of the claimant's rights
verbde·mand·ed, de·mand·ing, de·mands
- To ask for urgently or peremptorily: demand an investigation into the murder; demanding that he leave immediately; demanded to speak to the manager.
- To claim as just or due: demand repayment of a loan.
- To ask to be informed of: demanded an explanation for the interruption.
- To require as useful, just, proper, or necessary; call for: a gem that demands a fine setting.
- Law a. To lay legal claim to; claim formally.b. To ask that (something) be done in accordance with a legal requirement.
- An act of demanding; an urgent request.
- Something demanded: on strike until they get their demands.
- An urgent requirement or need: the heavy demands of her job; the emotional demands of his marriage; an increased oxygen demand.
- The state of being sought after: in great demand as a speaker.
- Economics The desire for goods or services in an economy, measured as the amount people are ready to buy at a given price: Supply should rise to meet demand.
- Law a. A formal claim.b. A request that some act be done or payment made in accordance with a legal requirement.
- Archaic An emphatic question or inquiry.
Origin of demandMiddle English demanden from Old French demander to charge with doing, and from Medieval Latin dēmandāre to demand both from Latin to entrust dē- de- mandāre to entrust ; see man-2 in Indo-European roots.
- The desire to purchase goods and services.
- Prices usually go up when demand exceeds supply.
- (economics) The amount of a good or service that consumers are willing to buy at a particular price.
- A need.
- 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.
- A requirement.
- His job makes many demands on his time.
- An urgent request.
- She couldn't ignore the newborn baby's demands for attention.
- An order.
- (electricity supply) A 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.
One can also make demands on someone.
- See Appendix:Collocations of do, have, make, and take for uses and meaning of demand collocated with these words.
(third-person singular simple present demands, present participle demanding, simple past and past participle demanded)
From Old French demander.
demand - Legal Definition
- A claim for money or other relief or the assertion of a legal right.
- To claim money or other relief, or assert a legal right.