Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “demand”

demand

noun (NEED)    /dɪˈmɑːnd/ US  /-ˈmænd/
B2 [C or U] a need for something to be sold or supplied: There was little demand for tickets. Good teachers are always in (great) demand (= are always needed).Essential or necessary demands [plural] the difficult things that you have to do: The demands of nursing are too great for a lot of people. His new job makes a lot of demands on him (= he has to work very hard).Difficult things and peoplePreventing and impeding
(Definition of demand noun (NEED) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of demand

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Difficult things and people, but you might be interested in these topics from the Easy and difficult topic area:

Definitions of “demand” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

altruistic

showing a wish to help or bring advantages to others, even if it results in disadvantage for yourself

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More