- 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 d&emacron;mandare, to demand, both from Latin, to entrust : d&emacron;-, de- + mandare, 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.