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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.

    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 receivedgreat 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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