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Definition of "demand" []

  • To ask for urgently or peremptorily: demand an investigation into the murder; demanding that he leave immediately; demanded to speak to the manager. (verb-transitive)
  • To claim as just or due: demand repayment of a loan. (verb-transitive)
  • To ask to be informed of: I demand a reason for this interruption. (verb-transitive)
  • To require as useful, just, proper, or necessary; call for: a gem that demands a fine setting. (verb-transitive)
  • Law To summon to court. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "demand" in a sentence
  • "Notes payable _on demand_, or in which no time of payment is mentioned, are due immediately, and no demand of payment is necessary."
  • "_that_, but you could not know the awful, the horrid threat he held out to me, if I did not comply with his demand -- ay, _demand_ for an immediate union?"
  • "Over the next decade, China's annual grain demand is likely to reach 573 million tons, which is above its current production levels."