(1)   The act of demanding
"The kidnapper's exorbitant demands for money"
(2)   Required activity
"The requirements of his work affected his health"
"There were many demands on his time"
(3)   An urgent or peremptory request
"His demands for attention were unceasing"
(4)   The ability and desire to purchase goods and services
"The automobile reduced the demand for buggywhips"
"The demand exceeded the supply"
(5)   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"


(6)   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"
(7)   Claim as due or just
"The bank demanded payment of the loan"
(8)   Ask to be informed of
"I demand an explanation"
(9)   Summon to court
(10)   Lay legal claim to
(11)   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"


  1. The desire to purchase goods and services.
    Prices usually go up when demand exceeds supply.
  2. The amount of a good or service that a consumer is willing to buy at a particular price.
  3. A need.
    There is a demand for voluntary health workers in the poorer parts of Africa and Asia.
  4. A claim for something.
    Modern society is responding to women's demands for equality.
  5. A requirement.
    His job makes many demands on his time.
  6. An urgent request.
    She couldn't ignore the newborn baby's demands for attention.
  7. An order.
  8. (electric) 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.

Usage notes

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.


  1. To request forcefully.
    I demand to see the manager.
  2. To claim a right to something.
    The bank is demanding the mortgage payment.
  3. To ask forcefully for information.
    I demand an immediate explanation.
  4. To require of someone.
    This job demands a lot of patience.
  5. To issue a summons to court.