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verb demand pronunciation in British English /dɪˈmɑːnd/
Word Forms
present tense
present participledemanding
past tensedemanded
past participledemanded
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to say in a very firm way that you want something
    Angry MPs are demanding an inquiry into the deal.
    The demonstrators demanded the release of all prisoners.
    demand to know/see: She demanded to know what was happening.
    demand (that): The panel demanded that the report be made public.
    demand something of someone: Slowly he counted out the amount demanded of him.
    1. a.
      to ask a question in a very firm or angry way
      ‘Where do you think you’re going?’ she demanded.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to say that people must have something that you consider necessary
    demand something of/from someone: I demand a lot of others but more of myself.
    He demanded – and received – great loyalty from his employees.
    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] if a situation or activity demands something, that thing is necessary
      This is a complex task and demands a high level of skill.
      His work demands attention from all serious critics.
      if/when/as (the) occasion demands: When the occasion demanded, they could be truly charming.


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