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  • n  an urgent or peremptory request
    his demands for attention were unceasing
  • n  the ability and desire to purchase goods and services
    the automobile reduced the demand for buggywhips
    the demand exceeded the supply
  • n  required activity
    there were many demands on his time
  • n  the act of demanding
    the kidnapper's exorbitant demands for money
  • n  a condition requiring relief
    there is a demand for jobs
  • v  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  require as useful, just, or proper
    This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice
  • v  claim as due or just
    The bank demanded payment of the loan
  • v  lay legal claim to
  • v  summon to court
  • v  ask to be informed of
    I demand an explanation

  • The recession may have slashed demand while supplies have swelled, but oil is being hoarded as producers and investors await an economic recovery.
  • The hybrid market is booming, but manufacturers are struggling to keep up with demand and the need for the special electric batteries.
  • If its oil demand keeps growing at an average rate of 7% a year, as it has since 1990, the country in less than 20 years will be consuming 21 million barrels a daymatching the .
News & Articles


  • Steve Jobs in Wireless Week
    Calling the iPhone 4 "the most successful product launch in Apple's history,Apple CEO Steve Jobs admitted that the company was struggling to meet demand for the device. Even so, we apologize to those customers who were turned away because we did not...
  • Dermot Ahern in New York Times
    Millions of people worldwide saw it was a blatant double hand ball, not to mention a double offside,Ahern said. "We should put the powers that be in the cozy world of FIFA on the spot and demand a replay."

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