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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: demander, from Latin mandare 'to order'

demand

2 verb
     
demand2 W2 [transitive]
1 to ask for something very firmly, especially because you think you have a right to do this:
Angry demonstrators demanded the resignation of two senior officials.
demand to know/see/have etc something
I demand to know what's going on.
demand that
They demanded that the military government free all political prisoners.
demand something of somebody
It seemed that no matter what she did, more was demanded of her.
'Where are you going?' she demanded angrily.
! Do not say 'demand for something'. Say demand something: I demand my money back! (NOT I demand for my money back!)
2 if one thing demands another, it needs that thing in order to happen or be done successfully:
Too many things demanded his attention at the same time.
It's a desperate situation demanding a desperate remedy.
WORD FOCUS: ask WORD FOCUS: ask
request to officially ask for something
consult
to ask someone for advice
demand
to ask for something very forcefully
nag
/pester to keep asking for something many times, in an annoying way
beg
/plead to ask for something in an anxious or urgent way, because you want it very much
question
/interrogate to ask someone questions - used especially about the police or the army
grill
informal to ask someone a lot of difficult questions
cross-examine
to ask someone questions in court - used about lawyers
poll
to ask a lot of people for their opinion about something


See also
ask

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