Meaning of “demanding” in the English Dictionary

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"demanding" in British English

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uk /dɪˈmɑːn.dɪŋ/ us /dɪˈmæn.dɪŋ/

B2 needing a lot of time, attention, or energy:

She's a very demanding child.
a demanding job/task

More examples

  • She's hoping to find a job which is more demanding intellectually.
  • Police work is physically demanding and stressful.
  • My present job doesn't stretch me, so I'm looking for something more demanding.
  • I like a nice light novel to read when I'm on holiday - nothing too demanding.
  • The last part of a piece of music is often more technically demanding than the rest.


(Definition of “demanding” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"demanding" in American English

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us /dɪˈmæn·dɪŋ/

needing a lot of attention, effort, or time:

I’m trying to learn English, and I find it very demanding.

(Definition of “demanding” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)