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Demand appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Demand no maid a diamond named.
  • Nella, demand a lad named Allen.
  • Sir, I demand, I am a maid named Iris.
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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun demand:


Comparison of usage frequency between the noun demand and its most common antonym:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb demand:

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Definition of the noun demand

What does demand mean as a name of something?

Demand is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: demands

  1. an urgent or peremptory request
    • example: his demands for attention were unceasing
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic words: petition / postulation / request = a formal message requesting something that is submitted to an authority
    • more specific terms:
      • challenge = a demand by a sentry for a password or identification
      • ultimatum = a final peremptory demand
      • insistence / insisting = continual and persistent demands
      • claim / call = a demand especially in the phrase
      • requisition = the act of requiring
      • call = a demand for a show of hands in a card game
      • margin call / call = a demand by a broker that a customer deposit enough to bring his margin up to the minimum requirement
      • wage claim / pay claim = the wage demanded from management for workers by their union representatives
  2. the ability and desire to purchase goods and services
  3. required activity
    • example: there were many demands on his time
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonym of demand: requirement
    • more generic words: duty / obligation / responsibility = the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force
  4. the act of demanding
    • example: the kidnapper's exorbitant demands for money
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: activity = any specific behavior
    • more specific words:
      • exaction = act of demanding or levying by force or authority
      • claim = demand for something as rightful or due
  5. a condition requiring relief
    • example: there is a demand for jobs
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of demand: need
    • more generic words: condition / status = a state at a particular time
    • more specific words:
      • deficiency / lack / want = the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable
      • necessity = the condition of being essential or indispensable

Alternative definition of the noun demand


  1. The desire to purchase goods and services.
  2. [economics] The amount of a good or service that a consumer is willing to buy at a particular price.
  3. A need.
  4. A claim for something.
  5. A requirement.
  6. An urgent request.
  7. An order.
  8. (electric) the measure of the maximum power load of a utility's customer over a short period of time; the power load integrated over a specified time interval.

Definition of the verb demand

What does demand mean as a doing word?

Demand is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: demanded | demanding | demands

  1. request urgently and forcefully
    • examples: The victim's family is demanding compensation | The boss demanded that he be fired immediately | She demanded to see the manager | They demand to move
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient]He ordered John
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient] [Proposition, object control with infinitive]He ordered John to eat his sloth
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition, that-complement clause]He ordered that she should come immediately
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition, that-complement clause, not tensed]John ordered that she come immediately

      Order Verbs (with the same syntax): ask, command, order, require.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic terms: ask for / bespeak / call for / quest / request = express the need or desire for
    • more specific words:
      • want = wish or demand the presence of
      • require / expect / ask = consider obligatory
      • clamour / clamor = make loud demands
      • dun = persistently ask for overdue payment
      • ask = require or ask for as a price or condition
  2. require as useful, just, or proper
    • example: This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Theme 1] [Verb] [Theme 2]Success requires hard work
      [Theme 1] [Verb] [Theme 2] from [Source]Success requires hard work from us
      [Theme 1] [Verb] [Theme 2, arbitrary control with -ing]Success requires working long hours
      [Theme 1] [Verb] [Theme 2, for-complement clause]Success requires for us to work hard
      [Theme 1] [Verb] [Theme 2, that-complement clause]Success requires that we work hard

      Require Verbs (with the same syntax): involve, necessitate, need, require, take.

    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of demand: ask / call for / involve / necessitate / need / postulate / require / take
    • more specific terms:
      • claim / exact / take = take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs
      • govern = require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood
      • draw = require a specified depth for floating
      • cost = require to lose, suffer, or sacrifice
      • cry out for / cry for = need badly or desperately
      • compel = necessitate or exact
  3. claim as due or just
    • examples: The bank demanded payment of the loan | The banks demand the check
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of demand: exact
    • more generic word: claim = ask for legally or make a legal claim to, as of debts, for example
    • more specific terms:
  4. lay legal claim to
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic word: claim = ask for legally or make a legal claim to, as of debts, for example
  5. summon to court
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: cite / summon / summons = call in an official matter, such as to attend court
  6. ask to be informed of

Alternative definition of the verb demand


  1. To request forcefully.
  2. To claim a right to something.
  3. To ask forcefully for information.
  4. To require of someone.
  5. [legal] To issue a summons to court.


Demand is a record label.


"DEMAND" is a composition.


  1. Demand: In economics, demand is the utility for a good or service of an economic agent, relative to his/her income.
    • also known as Nhu cầu, Nhu cầu tiêu dùng, Sở thích tiêu dùng, procura, demandada, Потражња, Potražnja
  2. Demand: In the theory of Jacques Lacan, demand represents the way instinctive desires are inevitably alienated through the effects of language on the human condition. The concept of demand was developed by Lacan in parallel to those of need and desire to account for the role of speech on human aspirations. Demand forms part of Lacan's battle against the approach to language acquisition favored by ego psychology, and makes use of Kojeve's theory of desire. Demand is not a Freudian concept.

Phrases with Demand

Phrases starting with the word Demand:

  1. demand loan
  2. demand note
  3. Demand Valve
  4. demand deposit
  5. demand feeding
  6. demand-pull inflation
  7. demand for explanation
  8. demand for identification

Phrases ending with the word Demand:

  1. in demand
  2. On Demand
  3. -on-Demand
  4. Oxygen Demand
  5. Print on demand
  6. Supply and Demand
  7. Biological Oxygen Demand
  8. Biochemical oxygen demand
  9. Theoretical Oxygen Demand

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Demand

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Google previewEconomics for Today (2011)

by Allan Layton, Tim J. C. Robinson, Irvin B. Tucker

Unitary elastic demand is a 1 per cent change in quantity demanded in response to a 1 per cent change in price.

Google previewAdvances in Enterprise Information Systems II (2012)

by Charles Moller, Sohail Chaudhry

The objective demand means the ultimate motivations of customers engaging in telecommunication services. Customers may have multiple motivations in the objective demand. The consequence demand means the customer experience ...

Google previewMeasuring the Role of Tourism in OECD Economies The OECD Manual on Tourism Satellite Accounts and Employment (2000)

The OECD Manual on Tourism Satellite Accounts and Employment by OECD

First, indirect tourism demand is the demand generated by the producer (of a characteristic tourism commodity) that results from the production of a good or service sold directly to a visitor. Thus, for example, when a visitor buys a meal, the ...

Google previewPrinciples of Agricultural Economics (2016)

by Andrew Barkley, Paul W. Barkley

Demand is the consumer willingness and ability to pay for a good. 2. The demand curve is a function connecting all combinations of prices and quantities consumed for a good, ceteris paribus. 3. The demand schedule presents information on ...

Google previewDictionary of Economics (2006)

by S.N. Chand

By totalling the demand of all individuals at various prices. DEMAND, DERIVED The demand for any input depends on the ...

Google previewThe Entrepreneur’s Dictionary of Business and Financial Terms (2013)

by Khwaja Masoom

Demand Curve: A graph showing the relationship between the quantity demanded of a goodor service and its price, holding everything else constant. Demand Deficient or Cyclical Unemployment: Disequilibrium unemployment causedbya fall ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Of Agricultural Marketing (2005)

by Jagdish Prasad (ed. By)

DEMAND. FOR. FERTILIZERS. IN. PUNJAB. Karam Singh, Inder Pal Singh & S.S. Chahal The success story of Punjab's agriculture derived its strength, among other factors, from the efficiency of its inputs distribution system. High yielding ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia of Pleading and Practice (1899)

Under the Codes and Practice Acts, at Common Law, in Equity and in Criminal Cases

The Piling of a Petition by which a suit on an official bond is instituted will not be a compliance with the requirement for a preliminary demand.1 Previous Suit and Konsuit. — It has been held, however, that a previous suit and nonsuit for the ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia of Psychoactive Substances (1999)

by Richard Rudgley

Increasing demand for cocaine in North America and Europe has caused an inevitable increase in supply from the Andes. Since 1989 the US has sought to take the War on Drugs to the source and attempt to cut down the cultivation of coca; ...

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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)
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