› 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.