Definitions for: Demand

[n] the act of demanding; "the kidnapper's exorbitant demands for money"
[n] required activity; "the requirements of his work affected his health"; "there were many demands on his time"
[n] an urgent or peremptory request; "his demands for attention were unceasing"
[n] the ability and desire to purchase goods and services; "the automobile reduced the demand for buggywhips"; "the demand exceeded the supply"
[n] a condition requiring relief; "she satisfied his need for affection"; "God has no need of men to accomplish His work"; "there is a demand for jobs"
[v] request urgently and forcefully; "The victim's family is demanding compensation"; "The boss demanded that he be fired immediately"; "She demanded to see the manager"
[v] claim as due or just; "The bank demanded payment of the loan"
[v] ask to be informed of; "I demand an explanation"
[v] summon to court
[v] lay legal claim to
[v] require as useful, just, or proper; "It takes nerve to do what she did"; "success usually requires hard work"; "This job asks a lot of patience and skill"; "This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice"; "This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert"; "This intervention does not postulates a patient's consent"

Webster (1913) Definition: De*mand", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Demanded; p. pr. & vb.
n. Demanding.] [F. demander, LL. demandare to demand,
summon, send word, fr. L. demandare to give in charge,
intrust; de- + mandare to commit to one's charge, commission,
order, command. Cf. Mandate, Commend.]
1. 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; as, to demand a debt;
to demand obedience.

This, in our foresaid holy father's name, Pope
Innocent, I do demand of thee. --Shak.

2. To inquire authoritatively or earnestly; to ask, esp. in a
peremptory manner; to question.

I did demand what news from Shrewsbury. --Shak.

3. To require as necessary or useful; to be in urgent need
of; hence, to call for; as, the case demands care.

4. (Law) To call into court; to summon. --Burrill.

De*mand", v. i.
To make a demand; to inquire.

The soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what
shall we do? --Luke iii.

De*mand", n. [F. demande, fr. demander. See Demand,
v. t.]
1. The act of demanding; an asking with authority; a
peremptory urging of a claim; a claiming or challenging as
due; requisition; as, the demand of a creditor; a note
payable on demand.

The demand [is] by the word of the holy ones. --Dan.
iv. 17.

He that has confidence to turn his wishes into
demands will be but a little way from thinking he
ought to obtain them. --Locke.

2. Earnest inquiry; question; query. --Shak.

3. A diligent seeking or search; manifested want; desire to
possess; request; as, a demand for certain goods; a
person's company is in great demand.

In 1678 came forth a second edition [Pilgrim's
Progress] with additions; and then the demand became
immense. --Macaulay.

4. That which one demands or has a right to demand; thing
claimed as due; claim; as, demands on an estate.

5. (Law)
(a) The asking or seeking for what is due or claimed as
(b) The right or title in virtue of which anything may be
claimed; as, to hold a demand against a person.
(c) A thing or amount claimed to be due.

In demand, in request; being much sought after.

On demand, upon presentation and request of payment.

Synonyms: ask, call for, exact, involve, necessitate, need, need, postulate, require, requirement, take

Antonyms: eliminate, obviate, rid of, supply

See Also: activity, ask, bespeak, call, call, call for, call in, challenge, cite, claim, claim, claim, clamor, clamour, command, condition, consumption, cost, cry for, cry out for, deficiency, draw, dun, duty, economic consumption, economic process, exaction, expect, govern, imply, insistence, insisting, lack, margin call, necessity, obligation, pay claim, petition, postulation, quest, request, request, require, requisition, responsibility, status, summon, summons, ultimatum, usance, use, use of goods and services, wage claim, want, want

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