from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To ask for urgently or peremptorily: demand an investigation into the murder; demanding that he leave immediately; demanded to speak to the manager.
- transitive v. To claim as just or due: demand repayment of a loan.
- transitive v. To ask to be informed of: I demand a reason for this interruption.
- transitive v. To require as useful, just, proper, or necessary; call for: a gem that demands a fine setting.
- transitive v. Law To summon to court.
- transitive v. Law To claim formally; lay legal claim to.
- intransitive v. To make a demand.
- n. The act of demanding.
- n. Something demanded: granted the employees' demands.
- n. An urgent requirement or need: the heavy demands of her job; the emotional demands of his marriage; an increased oxygen demand.
- n. The state of being sought after: in great demand as a speaker.
- n. Economics The desire to possess a commodity or make use of a service, combined with the ability to purchase it.
- n. Economics The amount of a commodity or service that people are ready to buy for a given price: Supply should rise to meet demand.
- n. Computer Science A coding technique in which a command to read or write is initiated as the need for a new block of data occurs, thus eliminating the need to store data.
- n. Law A formal claim.
- n. Archaic An emphatic question or inquiry.
- idiom on demand When presented for payment: a note payable on demand.
- idiom on demand When needed or asked for: fed the baby on demand.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The desire to purchase goods and services.
- n. The amount of a good or service that consumers are willing to buy at a particular price.
- n. A need.
- n. A claim for something.
- n. A requirement.
- n. An urgent request.
- n. An order.
- n. 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.
- v. To request forcefully.
- v. To claim a right to something.
- v. To ask forcefully for information.
- v. To require of someone.
- v. To issue a summons to court.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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
- transitive v. To inquire authoritatively or earnestly; to ask, esp. in a peremptory manner; to question.
- transitive v. To require as necessary or useful; to be in urgent need of; hence, to call for.
- transitive v. To call into court; to summon.
- intransitive v. To make a demand; to inquire.
- n. The act of demanding; an asking with authority; a peremptory urging of a claim; a claiming or challenging as due; requisition
- n. Earnest inquiry; question; query.
- n. A diligent seeking or search; manifested want; desire to possess; request
- n. That which one demands or has a right to demand; thing claimed as due; claim.
- n. The asking or seeking for what is due or claimed as due.
- n. The right or title in virtue of which anything may be claimed.
- n. A thing or amount claimed to be due.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To ask or require as by right or authority, or as that to which one has some valid claim; lay claim to; exact: as, parents demand obedience; what price do you demand?
- To ask or interrogate by authority or in a formal manner.
- To ask for with insistence or urgency; make a positive requisition for; exact as a tribute or a concession: as, the thief demanded my purse.
- To call for; require as necessary or useful: as, the execution of this work demands great care.
- In law, to summon to court: as, being demanded, he does not come.
- To make a demand; inquire peremptorily; ask.
- n. An asking for or a claim made by virtue of a right or supposed right to the thing sought; an authoritative claim; an exaction: as, the demands of one's creditors.
- n. An insistent asking or requisition; exaction without reference to right: as, the demands of a blackmailer.
- n. That which is demanded or required; something claimed, exacted, or necessary: as, what are your demands upon the estate? the demands upon one's time; the demands of nature.
- n. The state of being in request or sought after; requisition; call.
- n. Specifically In political economics, the desire to purchase and possess, coupled with the power of purchasing: sometimes technically called effectual demand: as, the supply exceeds the demand; there is no demand for pig-iron.
- n. In law:
- n. The right to claim anything from another person, whether founded on contract or tort, or superior right of property.
- n. The asking or seeking for what is due or claimed as due, either expressly by words, or by implication, as by seizure of goods or entry into lands.
- n. Inquiry; question; interrogation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. lay legal claim to
- v. summon to court
- v. ask to be informed of
- n. a condition requiring relief
- n. required activity
- v. claim as due or just
- n. the act of demanding
- n. the ability and desire to purchase goods and services
- n. an urgent or peremptory request
- v. require as useful, just, or proper
- v. request urgently and forcefully
Middle 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.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French demander. (Wiktionary)