Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

demand - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

noun demand pronunciation in British English /dɪˈmɑːnd/
Word Forms
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    [countable] a very firm statement that you want something
    He was sympathetic to their demands.
    demand for: She repeated her demand for an urgent review of the system.
    make a demand: You are not in a position to make demands right now.
    meet/satisfy someone’s demands (=agree to them): She was not willing to meet his demands.
  2. 2


    [plural] the things that need to be done in a particular situation
    demand of: the demands of his new job
    demand on: Despite demands on her time, she was always courteous to everyone.
  3. 3
    [uncountable] economics the amount of a product or service that people want, or the fact that they want it
    18,400 new houses will be needed by 2011 to cope with the demand.
    demand for: Demand for organic food is increasing.



a fashion trend in which people intentionally wear ordinary, inexpensive, widely-available clothing

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


a flower or small bunch of flowers worn on the lapel of a jacket on special occasions

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog