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Definition of demand verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they demand
    he / she / it demands
    past simple demanded
    -ing form demanding
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  1. 1to ask for something very firmly demand something She demanded an immediate explanation. demand that… The U.N. has demanded that all troops be withdrawn. demand to do something I demand to see the manager. + speech “Who the hell are you?” he demanded angrily. Thesaurusaskinquire demandThese words all mean to say or write something in the form of a question, in order to get information.ask to say or write something in the form of a question, in order to get information:“Where are you going?” she asked. She asked the students their names. Can I ask a question?inquire (somewhat formal) to ask someone for information:I am writing to inquire about the research position. May I inquire who's calling, please?(= on the telephone)demand to ask a question very firmly:The client demanded an explanation. “I demand to know who wrote this,” he said.Patterns to ask/inquire about/after somebody/something to ask/demand something of somebody to ask/inquire/demand to know what/who/how, etc. to ask/inquire politely to ask/inquire/demand angrily
  2. 2demand something to need something in order to be done successfully This sport demands both speed and strength.
  3. Thesaurusdemandexpect insist ask requireThese words all mean to say that someone should do or have something.demand to ask for something very firmly; to say very firmly that someone should have or do something:She demanded an immediate explanation.expect to demand that someone should do, have, or be something, especially because it is their duty or responsibility:I expect to be paid promptly for the work.insist to demand that something happens or that someone agrees to do something:She insisted that I go with her. We insist on the highest standards at all times.ask to expect or demand something:You're asking too much of him.demand, expect, or ask?Ask is not as strong as demand or expect, both of which can be more like a command.require [often passive] (somewhat formal) to make someone do or have something, especially because it is necessary according to a law or set of rules or standards:All candidates will be required to take a short test.Patterns to demand/expect/ask/require something of/from somebody to demand/expect/insist/ask/require that… to expect/ask/require somebody to do something to demand/expect/ask/require a lot/too much/a great deal to be too much to expect/ask
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