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noun     demand pronunciation in British English
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  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.

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