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demand

verb [T] (REQUEST)    /dɪˈmɑːnd/ US  /-ˈmænd/
B1 to ask for something forcefully, in a way that shows that you do not expect to be refused: I demanded an explanation. The car workers' union is demanding a seven percent pay rise this year. He has always demanded the highest standards of behaviour from his children. [+ speech] "And where do you think you're going?" demanded the police officer. [+ to infinitive] I demand to see the manager. [+ that] She demanded that he return the books he borrowed from her.Giving orders and commands
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