Definition of demanding adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmɑːndɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmændɪŋ//
    Describing work
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  1. 1(of a piece of work) needing a lot of skill, patience, effort, etc. The work is physically demanding. the most demanding challenge I have ever faced Synonymsdifficulthard challenging demanding taxingThese words all describe something that is not easy and requires a lot of effort or skill to do.difficult not easy; needing effort or skill to do or understand:The exam questions were quite difficult. It is difficult for young people to find jobs around here.hard not easy; needing effort or skill to do or understand:I always found languages quite hard at school. It was one of the hardest things I ever did.difficult or hard?Hard is slightly less formal than difficult. It is used particularly in the structure hard to believe/​say/​find/​take, etc., although difficult can also be used in any of these examples.challenging (approving) difficult in an interesting way that tests your ability.demanding difficult to do or deal with and needing a lot of effort, skill or patience:It is a technically demanding piece of music to play.taxing (often used in negative statements) difficult to do and needing a lot of mental or physical effort:This shouldn’t be too taxing for you.Patterns difficult/​hard/​challenging/​demanding/​taxing for somebody difficult/​hard to do something physically difficult/​hard/​challenging/​demanding/​taxing technically difficult/​challenging/​demanding mentally/​intellectually challenging/​demanding/​taxing See related entries: Describing work
  2. 2(of a person) expecting a lot of work or attention from others; not easily satisfied a demanding boss/child My grandma became very demanding as she got older.
  3. opposite undemanding
    Extra examples a technically demanding piece of music to play Childbirth is physically and emotionally very demanding and can leave you feeling shocked and drained. This event is considered one of the most demanding in the sporting calendar.
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