- demand [di mand′, dimänd′]vt.[ME demaunden < OFr demander, to demand < L demandare, to give in charge < de-, away, from + mandare, to entrust: see MANDATE]1. to ask for boldly or urgently2. to ask for as a right or with authority3. to order to appear; summon4. to ask to know or be informed of5. to call for as necessary; require; need [the work demands patience]6. Law to ask relief in court for (what is due one)vi.to make a demandn.1. the act of demanding2. a thing demanded3. a strong or authoritative request4. an urgent requirement or claim5. Obs. a question; query6. Econ. the desire for a commodity together with ability to pay for it; also, the amount people are ready and able to buy at a certain price: opposed to SUPPLY17. Law a peremptory claim which presupposes no doubt of the claimant's rights——————in demandwanted or sought——————on demandwhen presented for paymentSYN.- DEMAND implies a calling for as due or necessary, connoting a peremptory exercise of authority or an imperative need [to demand obedience ]; CLAIM implies a demanding of something as allegedly belonging to one [to claim a throne ]; REQUIRE suggests a pressing need, often one inherent in the nature of a thing, or the binding power of rules or laws [aliens are required to register ]; EXACT implies a demanding and the enforcing of the demand at the same time [an exacting foreman ]
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.