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Definition of Demand


  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.
  2. To inquire authoritatively or earnestly; to ask, esp. in a peremptory manner; to question.
  3. To require as necessary or useful; to be in urgent need of; hence, to call for; as, the case demands care.
  4. To call into court; to summon.
  5. To make a demand; to inquire.
  6. 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.
  7. Earnest inquiry; question; query.
  8. 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.
  9. That which one demands or has a right to demand; thing claimed as due; claim; as, demands on an estate.
  10. The asking or seeking for what is due or claimed as due.
  11. The right or title in virtue of which anything may be claimed; as, to hold a demand against a person.
  12. A thing or amount claimed to be due.

Demand Quotations

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
Soren Kierkegaard

It was not pre-arranged. It just happened that the driver made a demand and I just didn't feel like obeying his demand. I was quite tired after spending a full day working.
Rosa Parks

The demand to be loved is the greatest of all arrogant presumptions.
Friedrich Nietzsche

If we are to meet the growing electricity demand in the United States without significantly increasing emissions of greenhouse gases, we must maintain a diverse supply of electricity, and nuclear power must be part of that mix.
Judy Biggert

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
Frederick Douglass
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Demand Translations

demand in Afrikaans is vereis
demand in Danish is fordre
demand in Dutch is opeisen, vereisen, rekenen, eisen
demand in Finnish is vaatia
demand in French is demande, exigeons, exigez, besoin, exiger, exigent
demand in German is Anforderung {f}, abruf, Bedarf, anfordern
demand in Latin is postulo, requiro, exigo
demand in Portuguese is demanda
demand in Spanish is gana, postulado, invitacion
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