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demand

verb  /dɪˈmænd/ us  
to ask for forcefully, in a way that shows that refusal is not expected and will not be accepted: [T] The library demanded $5 for each book returned late. [+ to infinitive] I demand to see the person in charge. To demand is also to need something: [T] The twins demand a lot of attention.

demand

noun [C/U]  /dɪˈmænd/ us  
something asked for forcefully, or something that you accept as necessary: [C] The union’s major demand was for improved benefits. [C] The demands of nursing are too great for a lot of people. Demand is also need: [C] We can’t meet the demand for tickets to the game. [U] Good teachers are always in demand (= needed). Demand is also the desire to buy goods: There was weak demand for imported goods last month.
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