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English noun: demand

1. demand (communication) an urgent or peremptory request

SamplesHis demands for attention were unceasing.

Broader (hypernym)petition, postulation, request

Narrower (hyponym)call, call, call, challenge, claim, insistence, insisting, margin call, pay claim, requisition, ultimatum, wage claim

2. demand (process) the ability and desire to purchase goods and services

SamplesThe automobile reduced the demand for buggywhips.
The demand exceeded the supply.

Broader (hypernym)economic process

Narrower (hyponym)consumption, economic consumption, usance, use, use of goods and services


3. demand (cognition) required activity

SamplesThe requirements of his work affected his health.
There were many demands on his time.


Broader (hypernym)duty, obligation, responsibility

4. demand (act) the act of demanding

SamplesThe kidnapper's exorbitant demands for money.

Broader (hypernym)activity

Narrower (hyponym)claim, exaction

5. demand (state) a condition requiring relief

SamplesShe satisfied his need for affection.
God has no need of men to accomplish His work.
There is a demand for jobs.


Broader (hypernym)condition, status

Narrower (hyponym)deficiency, lack, necessity, want

English verb: demand

1. demand (communication) request urgently and forcefully

SamplesThe victim's family is demanding compensation.
The boss demanded that he be fired immediately.
She demanded to see the manager.

ExamplesThey demand to move

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)bespeak, call for, quest, request

Narrower (hyponym)ask, ask, clamor, clamour, dun, expect, require, want

2. demand (stative) require as useful, just, or proper

SamplesIt 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 postulate a patient's consent.

Synonymsask, call for, involve, necessitate, need, postulate, require, take

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)claim, compel, cost, cry for, cry out for, draw, exact, govern, take

Verb groupclaim, exact, take

Antonymsobviate, rid of, eliminate

3. demand (communication) claim as due or just

SamplesThe bank demanded payment of the loan.

ExamplesThe banks demand the check


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something from somebody.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)claim

Narrower (hyponym)call, call in, command

4. demand (communication) lay legal claim to

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)claim

Verb groupdemand

5. demand (communication) summon to court

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)cite, summon, summons

Verb groupdemand

6. demand (communication) ask to be informed of

SamplesI demand an explanation.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bespeak, call for, quest, request

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