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"demand" in British English

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demandverb [T]

uk   /dɪˈmɑːnd/  us   /dɪˈmænd/
  • demand verb [T] (REQUEST)

B1 to ​ask for something ​forcefully, in a way that ​shows that you do not ​expect to be ​refused: I demanded an ​explanation. The ​union is demanding a seven ​percentpayrise this ​year. He has always demanded the ​higheststandards of ​behaviour from his ​children. [+ speech] "And where do you ​think you're going?" demanded the ​policeofficer. [+ to infinitive] I demand tosee the ​manager. [+ that] She demanded that he ​return the ​books he ​borrowed from her.

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demandnoun

uk   /dɪˈmɑːnd/  us   /dɪˈmænd/
  • demand noun (REQUEST)

B1 [C] a ​strongrequest: You can't give in to children's demands all the ​time. The ​government is ​unlikely to ​agree to the ​rebels' demands forindependence.UK They ​received a final demand (= a last ​request) forpayment.

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  • demand noun (NEED)

B2 [C or U] a need for something to be ​sold or ​supplied: There was little demand fortickets. Good ​teachers are always in (​great) demand (= are always ​needed).
demands [plural]
the ​difficult things that you have to do: The demands ofnursing are too ​great for a lot of ​people. His new ​job makes a lot of demands on him (= he has to ​work very hard).
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(Definition of demand from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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demandverb

 us   /dɪˈmænd/
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 ​bookreturned 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.

demandnoun [C/U]

 us   /dɪˈmænd/
something ​asked for ​forcefully, or something that you ​accept as ​necessary: [C] The union’s ​major demand was for ​improvedbenefits. [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 ​buygoods: There was ​weak demand for ​importedgoods last ​month.
(Definition of demand from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"demand" in Business English

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demandnoun

uk   us   /dɪˈmɑːnd/
[S or U] COMMERCE, ECONOMICS a need for ​goods or ​services that ​customers want to ​buy or use: increasing/​rising/​growing demand declining/​falling/​slowing demand high/​strong/huge demand a decline/​drop/​shift in demand Colourful Ceramics hope to ​tap into the demand forproducts made out of ​recycledmaterials. a rise/​increase/​boom in demanddemand rises/grows/falls As ​populations age, demand ​rises for ever more complex and ​expensivehealthtreatments. demand ​exceeds/​outstripssupply to increase/​decrease/satisfy demand Safecare says it has ​thrived by meeting a demand for ​affordableinsurance. For the moment, ​strong customer demand is helping all four ​operatorsgrow quickly. Rising ​prices for ​land and the need for ​security create demand for gated ​high-riseunits.bolster/boost/fuel demand The ​dollarrose as ​buying of U.S. securities bolstered demand for the ​currency.
[U] ECONOMICS the fact of ​customersbuyinggoods and using ​services in an ​economy, and the ​amount that they ​buy: demand grows/recovers Pilkington said ​prices and demand were ​growing in ​Europe. There are ​signs of a ​slowdown in domestic demand. Grain ​prices are ​increasing, helped by both the ​strengthening U.S. ​economy and ​accelerating demand from China.
[C] a ​strongrequest for something: a demand for sth/a demand that There was a demand that ​customers be ​compensated for the inconvenience they had suffered. accept/​agree to/​reject a demand
[C] a ​letterrequesting that someone ​paysmoney that they ​owe: Defaulting ​customers received a final demand for ​payment.
demands
[plural] the things that a particular ​situation or ​person makes necessary: demands on sb/sth Most ​managersfeel there are too many demands on their ​time.changing/competing/conflicting demands Staff are ​forced to face the ​conflicting demands of ​workplace and ​home.meet/respond to/satisfy the demands of sth Farmers need to ​modernize their tobacco ​production to ​meet the demands of a ​competitivemarket.
in demand
used for describing ​goods or ​services that ​customers would ​buy or use if they were ​available: Banking ​shares were also in demand, amid continued hopes of ​consolidation in the ​sector. The ​company must ​develop the ​rightproducts - those that are in demand by their ​prospectiveclientele.
on demand
as soon as a ​request is made: The ​bankstated that there was little ​point in ​adding to ​smallfirms' worries by making ​overdraftspayable on demand.
whenever you need or want it: Television, movies, music, and ​computer games are now available on demand in homes over ​high-speeddatalinks. The ​network is ​available on various ​cableoperators' on-demand ​services.
the law of demand
ECONOMICS an ​economiclaw that ​states that ​peoplebuy less of a ​product when the ​price is high, and more when the ​price is ​low: This is the ​normallaw of demand, in which the ​quantity of corn demanded ​increases as the ​price of corn ​declines.

demandverb [T]

uk   us   /dɪˈmɑːnd/
to make a ​strongrequest for something: Miller was expected to go back to the ​bidders last night to demand a further ​rise in ​price. If the Revenue ​thinks you have ​underpaid it will demand ​payment and can ​charge a ​penalty of ​interest. Shareholders in the ​company are demanding the ​resignation of the ​chiefexecutive.
(Definition of demand from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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