demand Definition

  • 1an insistent and peremptory request, made as of right
  • 2the desire of consumers, clients, employers, etc. for a particular commodity, service, or other item
  • 3a need or requirement that is necessary

Using demand: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "demand" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The workers' union issued a demand for higher wages.

  • Example

    There is a high demand for organic produce in the market.

  • Example

    The company struggled to keep up with the demand for their new product.

  • Example

    The job requires a high demand for attention to detail.

demand Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using demand

  • make an unreasonable or excessive request


    He demanded the moon when he asked for a raise after only working for a week.

  • immediately available upon request


    The company offers online courses that can be accessed on demand.

  • demand one's due

    insist on receiving what one deserves


    After years of hard work, she finally demanded her due and received a promotion.

Phrases with demand

  • available whenever requested or required


    The movie can be streamed on demand.

  • being requested or required by many people


    Jobs in the tech industry are currently in high demand.

  • the economic principle that describes the relationship between the availability of a commodity and the desire of buyers for it


    The price of a product is determined by the balance between demand and supply.

Origins of demand

from Old French 'demander', meaning 'ask, request'


Summary: demand in Brief

The term 'demand' [dɪˈmænd] refers to an insistent request, a consumer's desire for a product or service, or a necessary requirement. Examples include 'The workers' union issued a demand for higher wages.' and 'There is a high demand for organic produce in the market.' Phrases like 'on demand' and idioms like 'demand the moon' further illustrate the concept.

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