de·mand /dɪˈmænd, ˈmɑnd, di-/
De·mand v. t. [imp. & p. p. Demanded; p. pr. & vb. n. Demanding.]
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.
This, in our foresaid holy father's name,
Pope Innocent, I do demand of thee. --Shak.
2. To inquire authoritatively or earnestly; to ask, esp. in a peremptory manner; to question.
I did demand what news from Shrewsbury. --Shak.
3. To require as necessary or useful; to be in urgent need of; hence, to call for; as, the case demands care.
4. Law To call into court; to summon.
De·mand, v. i. To make a demand; to inquire.
The soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? --Luke iii. 14.
1. 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.
The demand [is] by the word of the holy ones. --Dan. iv. 17.
He that has confidence to turn his wishes into demands will be but a little way from thinking he ought to obtain them. --Locke.
2. Earnest inquiry; question; query.
3. 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.
In 1678 came forth a second edition [Pilgrim's Progress] with additions; and then the demand became immense. --Macaulay.
4. That which one demands or has a right to demand; thing claimed as due; claim; as, demands on an estate.
5. Law (a) The asking or seeking for what is due or claimed as due. (b) The right or title in virtue of which anything may be claimed; as, to hold a demand against a person. (c) A thing or amount claimed to be due.
In demand, in request; being much sought after.
On demand, upon presentation and request of payment.
n 1: the ability and desire to purchase goods and services; "the
automobile reduced the demand for buggywhips"; "the
demand exceeded the supply" [ant: supply]
2: an urgent or peremptory request; "his demands for attention
3: a condition requiring relief; "she satisfied his need for
affection"; "God has no need of men to accomplish His
work"; "there is a demand for jobs" [syn: need]
4: the act of demanding; "the kidnapper's exorbitant demands
5: required activity; "the requirements of his work affected
his health"; "there were many demands on his time" [syn: requirement]
v 1: request urgently and forcefully; "The victim's family is
demanding compensation"; "The boss demanded that he be
fired immediately"; "She demanded to see the manager"
2: require as useful, just, or proper; "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
postulates a patient's consent" [syn: necessitate, ask,
postulate, need, require, take, involve, call
for] [ant: obviate]
3: claim as due or just; "The bank demanded payment of the
loan" [syn: exact]
4: lay legal claim to
5: summon to court
6: ask to be informed of; "I demand an explanation"