• Geirald claims his reward and the queen demands another test
    Geirald claims his reward and the queen demands another test
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v demand 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"
    • v demand claim as due or just "The bank demanded payment of the loan"
    • v demand ask to be informed of "I demand an explanation"
    • v demand summon to court
    • v demand lay legal claim to
    • v demand 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 postulate a patient's consent"
    • n demand the act of demanding "the kidnapper's exorbitant demands for money"
    • n demand required activity "the requirements of his work affected his health","there were many demands on his time"
    • n demand an urgent or peremptory request "his demands for attention were unceasing"
    • n demand the ability and desire to purchase goods and services "the automobile reduced the demand for buggywhips","the demand exceeded the supply"
    • n demand 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 410 A.D. Alaric the Visigoth demanded that Rome give him three thousand pounds of pepper as ransom
    • Demand 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."
    • Demand (Law) A thing or amount claimed to be due.
    • Demand Earnest inquiry; question; query.
    • Demand That which one demands or has a right to demand; thing claimed as due; claim; as, demands on an estate.
    • Demand 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.""He that has confidence to turn his wishes into demands will be but a little way from thinking he ought to obtain them."
    • Demand (Law) The asking or seeking for what is due or claimed as due.
    • Demand (Law) The right or title in virtue of which anything may be claimed; as, to hold a demand against a person.
    • Demand 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."
    • Demand (Law) To call into court; to summon.
    • Demand To inquire authoritatively or earnestly; to ask, esp. in a peremptory manner; to question. "I did demand what news from Shrewsbury."
    • v. i Demand To make a demand; to inquire. "The soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do?"
    • Demand To require as necessary or useful; to be in urgent need of; hence, to call for; as, the case demands care.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Hamlet is the most demanding of Shakespeare’s roles with 1,422 lines or roughly 36% of the total number of spoken lines in the play. Hamlet’s role is made up of 11,610 words. The character Falstaff has the most lines of any character in all of Shakespeare’s plays combined with 1,614 spoken lines in three different plays: Henry IV, Part I; Henry IV, Part II; and The Merry Wives of Windsor.
    • demand To ask or require as by right or authority, or as that to which one has some valid claim; lay claim to; exact: as, parents demand obedience; what price do you demand?
    • demand To ask or interrogate by authority or in a formal manner.
    • demand To ask for with insistence or urgency; make a positive requisition for; exact as a tribute or a concession: as, the thief demanded my purse.
    • demand To call for; require as necessary or useful: as, the execution of this work demands great care.
    • demand In law, to summon to court: as, being demanded, he does not come. Synonyms and Request, Beg, etc. See ask.
    • demand To make a demand; inquire peremptorily; ask.
    • n demand An asking for or a claim made by virtue of a right or supposed right to the thing sought; an authoritative claim; an exaction: as, the demands of one's creditors.
    • n demand An insistent asking or requisition; exaction without reference to right: as, the demands of a blackmailer.
    • n demand That which is demanded or required; something claimed, exacted, or necessary: as, what are your demands upon the estate? the demands upon one's time; the demands of nature.
    • n demand The state of being in request or sought after; requisition; call.
    • n demand Specifically In political economics, the desire to purchase and possess, coupled with the power of purchasing: sometimes technically called effectual demand: as, the supply exceeds the demand; there is no demand for pig-iron.
    • n demand In law:
    • n demand The right to claim anything from another person, whether founded on contract or tort, or superior right of property.
    • n demand The asking or seeking for what is due or claimed as due, either expressly by words, or by implication, as by seizure of goods or entry into lands.
    • n demand Inquiry; question; interrogation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The 1st performance of Handel's "Messiah" was on April 13, 1742 at the New Music rooms in Fishamble St., Dublin. Because of the demand for space, the men were asked not to wear their swords and the ladies not to wear hooped skirts.
    • v.t Demand dē-mand′ to claim: to ask earnestly or authoritatively: to call for: to question
    • n Demand the asking for what is due: an asking for with authority: a claim: earnest inquiry
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  • Alexander Pope
    “Sure of their qualities and demanding praise, more go to ruined fortunes than are raised.”
  • Dag Hammarskjold
    “Life only demands from you the strength that you possess. Only one feat is possible; not to run away.”
  • Seneca
    “Let us train our minds to desire what the situation demands.”
  • Florence Scovel Shinn
    Florence Scovel Shinn
    “There is a supply for every demand.”
  • George Jean Nathan
    “Love demands infinitely less than friendship.”
  • Alice Walker
    “No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. demander, LL. demandare, to demand, summon, send word, fr. L. demandare, to give in charge, intrust; de-, + mandare, to commit to one's charge, commission, order, command. Cf. Mandate Commend


In literature:

At this hour, the best word and work of every man and woman are imperatively demanded.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume II"
But every exhortation is modified or nullified by a demand for money.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
The abolitionists held the balance of power, and were uncompromising in their demands.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
Sudden demands of the war.
"The War in the Air; Vol. 1" by Walter Raleigh
In all instances the British army must wait for material if navy demands were unsatisfied.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume I (of 8)" by Various
The Leader must always keep before his eyes the demands which either pursuit or retreat may make on his horses.
"Cavalry in Future Wars" by Frederick von Bernhardi
You depend on variations of supply and demand which you can neither determine nor anticipate.
"British Socialism" by J. Ellis Barker
Was it not to be expected that demands should call forth counter-demands?
"A History of England Principally in the Seventeenth Century, Volume I (of 6)" by Leopold von Ranke
In this case the same exactness in reply and the same form is demanded as for a dinner invitation.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
What is the difference between demanding a redress of your grievance and making a moral demand?
"College Teaching" by Paul Klapper

In poetry:

Sing to the Lord,
Ye tribes of ev'ry tongue;
His new discover'd grace demands,
A new and nobler song.
"Lutzen" by Martin Luther
And verse or music was demanded;
Then solitude of night:
By which all—potent Three expanded
Waxeth the Inner Sight.
"Two Visions" by Alfred Austin
Sing to the Lord, ye distant lands,
Ye tribes of every tongue;
His new-discovered grace demands
A new and nobler song.
"Psalm 96" by Isaac Watts
Seven times a day I lift my hands,
And pay my thanks to thee;
Thy righteous providence demands
Repeated praise from me.
"Psalm 119 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Serene, while over other lands
Rolls revolution's storm,
Where they can't speak their grievances--
Dare not demand reform.
"Lines Of Annexation" by Nora Pembroke
But thine illustrious sacrifice
Hath answered these demands:
And peace and pardon from the skies
Came down by Jesus' hands.
"Hymn 38 part 1" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Regions including Oregon and Washington may also eventually be in shorter supply as demand increases, notes Silicon Valley Bank.
US hotel demand plunged eight percentage points during 2008 and 2009.
Researchers are investigating ever-more efficient algorithms, yet many applications demand such algorithms bound any loss in policy quality when chasing efficiency.
George Steinbrenner, their principal owner, demands a championship every season, and he gathered his top executives yesterday in Tampa, Fla.
Haldex has introduced TransitmaX brake lining , developed for superior performance in demanding transit and coach applications.
CNC program's success, demand from companies pushing program's growth.
Rio Grande 2 is undergoing expansion to meet growing demand for shipbuilding in Brazil .
How bad does it have to get before we demand solutions.
As the community grows, so does the demand for larger schools.
To save our schools, says Steven Brill , we have to demand more from ordinary teachers and their unions.
Hilary Mantel's in demand after ' Bring Up the Bodies' and 'Wolf Hall.
TDR Tracking, Demanded by NCUA, Makes CUs Bristle .
A community is demanding action after a drive-by shooting in Brooklyn left six people wounded, including two children, on Sunday night.
David Addington, left, under subpoena, and John Yoo, back by popular demand.
Building permit demand high.

In science:

The CsI-crystal production technology is by now well matured and the cost has been reduced enormously due to the large demands.
A CsI(Tl) Scintillating Crystal Detector for the Studies of Low Energy Neutrino Interactions
In fact, all eigenvalues we have identified as frozen inside the unit circle have phases corresponding to those of roots of unity, a fact demanding explanation.
Frobenius-Perron Resonances for Maps with a Mixed Phase Space
The coefficients in the additional boundary terms may be uniquely fixed by demanding such parameters are finite for, say, Schwarzchild-AdS spacetime.
Generalized entropy and Noether charge
Question 1 Is π : A −→ A/G a fibre bundle? In general, the answer is negative; at least, if we demand, that all fibres A ◦ G have to be isomorphic G -spaces.
On the Gribov Problem for Generalized Connections
For a “reasonable” isomorphism ψ we demand a) ψm ≡ πm : N (B(A)) −→ N (Z (HA )) and b) ψx (g) depends only on the values of g in x and m.
On the Gribov Problem for Generalized Connections