demand ( demands plural & 3rd person present) ( demanding present participle) ( demanded past tense & past participle )
1 verb If you demand something such as information or action, you ask for it in a very forceful way.
Mr Byers last night demanded an immediate explanation from the Education Secretary... V n from n
Russia demanded that Unita send a delegation to the peace talks... V that
The hijackers are demanding to speak to representatives of both governments... V to-inf
`What did you expect me to do about it?' she demanded. V with quote
2 verb If one thing demands another, the first needs the second in order to happen or be dealt with successfully.
He said the task of reconstruction would demand much patience, hard work and sacrifice... V n
3 n-count A demand is a firm request for something.
usu with supp
There have been demands for services from tenants up there...
4 n-uncount If you refer to demand, or to the demandfor something, you are referring to how many people want to have it, do it, or buy it., (Antonym: supply)
Another flight would be arranged on Saturday if sufficient demand arose..., Demand for coal is down and so are prices...
5 n-plural Thedemandsof something or its demandson you are the things which it needs or the things which you have to do for it.
usu N of n, N on n
...the demands and challenges of a new job...
6 If someone or something is in demand or in great demand, they are very popular and a lot of people want them.
in (great) demand phrase v-link PHR
He was much in demand as a lecturer in the US.
7 If someone or something makes demandson you, they require you to do things which need a lot of time, energy, or money.
make demands phrase V inflects, usu PHR on n
I had no right to make demands on his time.
8 If something is available or happens on demand, you can have it or it happens whenever you want it or ask for it.
on demand: usu PHR after v phrase
...a national commitment to providing treatment on demand for drug abusers.
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