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Definition of 'demand'

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  1. the ability and desire to purchase goods and services; "the automobile reduced the demand for buggywhips"; "the demand exceeded the supply"
       Antonyms: supply
  2. an urgent or peremptory request; "his demands for attention were unceasing"
  3. 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"
       Synonyms: need
  4. the act of demanding; "the kidnapper's exorbitant demands for money"
  5. required activity; "the requirements of his work affected his health"; "there were many demands on his time"
       Synonyms: requirement


  1. 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"
  2. 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 postulate a patient's consent"
       Synonyms: necessitate ask postulate need require take involve call for
       Antonyms: obviate rid of eliminate
  3. claim as due or just; "The bank demanded payment of the loan"
       Synonyms: exact
  4. lay legal claim to
  5. summon to court
  6. ask to be informed of; "I demand an explanation"

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