Demand

Definition of Demand

De`mand´
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Demanded; p. pr. & vb. n. Demanding.]
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.
v. i.1.To make a demand; to inquire.
The soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do?
- Luke iii. 14.
n.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) The asking or seeking for what is due or claimed as due.
In demand
in request; being much sought after.
On demand
upon presentation and request of payment.

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