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DEMAND

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does demand mean? 

DEMAND (noun)
  The noun DEMAND has 5 senses:

1. the ability and desire to purchase goods and services
2. an urgent or peremptory request
3. a condition requiring relief
4. the act of demanding
5. required activity

  Familiarity information: DEMAND used as a noun is common.


DEMAND (verb)
  The verb DEMAND has 6 senses:

1. request urgently and forcefully
2. require as useful, just, or proper
3. claim as due or just
4. lay legal claim to
5. summon to court
6. ask to be informed of

  Familiarity information: DEMAND used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


DEMAND (noun)


Sense 1demand [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The ability and desire to purchase goods and services

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Context examples:

the automobile reduced the demand for buggywhips / the demand exceeded the supply

Hypernyms ("demand" is a kind of...):

economic process (any process affecting the production and development and management of material wealth)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "demand"):

consumption; economic consumption; usance; use; use of goods and services ((economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing)

Antonym:

supply (offering goods and services for sale)


Sense 2demand [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An urgent or peremptory request

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

his demands for attention were unceasing

Hypernyms ("demand" is a kind of...):

petition; postulation; request (a formal message requesting something that is submitted to an authority)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "demand"):

pay claim; wage claim (the wage demanded from management for workers by their union representatives)

call; margin call (a demand by a broker that a customer deposit enough to bring his margin up to the minimum requirement)

call (a demand for a show of hands in a card game)

requisition (the act of requiring; an authoritative request or demand, especially by a military or public authority that takes something over (usually temporarily) for military or public use)

call; claim (a demand especially in the phrase)

insistence; insisting (continual and persistent demands)

ultimatum (a final peremptory demand)

challenge (a demand by a sentry for a password or identification)


Sense 3demand [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A condition requiring relief

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

need; demand

Context examples:

she satisfied his need for affection / God has no need of men to accomplish His work / there is a demand for jobs

Hypernyms ("demand" is a kind of...):

condition; status (a state at a particular time)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "demand"):

deficiency; lack; want (the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable)

necessity (the condition of being essential or indispensable)


Sense 4demand [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of demanding

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

the kidnapper's exorbitant demands for money

Hypernyms ("demand" is a kind of...):

activity (any specific behavior)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "demand"):

exaction (act of demanding or levying by force or authority)

claim (demand for something as rightful or due)


Sense 5demand [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Required activity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

requirement; demand

Context examples:

the requirements of his work affected his health / there were many demands on his time

Hypernyms ("demand" is a kind of...):

duty; obligation; responsibility (the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force)


DEMAND (verb)


Sense 1demand [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Request urgently and forcefully

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context examples:

The victim's family is demanding compensation / The boss demanded that he be fired immediately / She demanded to see the manager

Hypernyms (to "demand" is one way to...):

bespeak; call for; quest; request (express the need or desire for; ask for)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "demand"):

ask (require or ask for as a price or condition)

dun (persistently ask for overdue payment)

clamor; clamour (make loud demands)

ask; expect; require (consider obligatory; request and expect)

want (wish or demand the presence of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Sentence example:

They demand to move


Sense 2demand [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Require as useful, just, or proper

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

require; need; necessitate; demand; call for; postulate; involve; ask; take

Context examples:

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

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "demand"):

cry for; cry out for (need badly or desperately)

cost (require to lose, suffer, or sacrifice)

draw (require a specified depth for floating)

govern (require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood)

claim; exact; take (take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs)

imply; involve (have as a necessary feature or consequence; entail)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 3demand [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Claim as due or just

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

exact; demand

Context example:

The bank demanded payment of the loan

Hypernyms (to "demand" is one way to...):

claim (ask for legally or make a legal claim to, as of debts, for example)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "demand"):

command (demand as one's due)

call; call in (demand payment of (a loan))

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something from somebody
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Sentence example:

The banks demand the check


Sense 4demand [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lay legal claim to

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Hypernyms (to "demand" is one way to...):

claim (ask for legally or make a legal claim to, as of debts, for example)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 5demand [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Summon to court

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Hypernyms (to "demand" is one way to...):

cite; summon; summons (call in an official matter, such as to attend court)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 6demand [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Ask to be informed of

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

I demand an explanation

Hypernyms (to "demand" is one way to...):

bespeak; call for; quest; request (express the need or desire for; ask for)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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