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Dictionary definition for: Demand

1. (n) the ability and desire to purchase goods and services; "the automobile reduced the demand for buggywhips" "the demand exceeded the supply"

2. (v) 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"

3. (n) an urgent or peremptory request; "his demands for attention were unceasing"

4. (v) 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"

5. (n) 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"

6. (v) claim as due or just; "The bank demanded payment of the loan"

7. (n) the act of demanding; "the kidnapper''s exorbitant demands for money"

8. (v) lay legal claim to

9. (n) required activity; "the requirements of his work affected his health" "there were many demands on his time"

10. (v) summon to court

11. (v) ask to be informed of; "I demand an explanation"

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