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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • intransitive v. To make a demand; to inquire.
  • 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.

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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French demander.



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