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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

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

When it comes to privacy and accountability, people always demand the former for themselves and the latter for everyone else.
David Brin

I am a queen, and I demand to be treated like a queen.
Sheila Jackson Lee

I went whale-watching, and I was really looking forward to that, but when you see it on TV and you see other programs do it, you're seeing close-ups of these massive creatures, and the music that's added gives you a certain feeling. But in reality, you're stuck on a boat that's bobbing up and down, you feel sick, the whale isn't there on demand.
Karl Pilkington

White supremacy is the conscious or unconscious belief or the investment in the inherent superiority of some, while others are believed to be innately inferior. And it doesn't demand the individual participation of the singular bigot. It is a machine operating in perpetuity, because it doesn't demand that somebody be in place driving.
Michael Eric Dyson
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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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