demand

/dɪ'mɑ:nd/ noun
1. an act of asking for payment
payable on demand which must be paid when payment is asked for
2. the need that customers have for a product or their eagerness to buy it
There was an active demand for oil shares on the stock market.
The factory had to cut production when demand slackened.
The office cleaning company cannot keep up with the demand for its services.
there is not much demand for this item not many people want to buy it
this book is in great demand or there is a great demand for this book many people want to buy it
to meet or fill a demand to supply what is needed
The factory had to increase production to meet the extra demand.
verb
to ask for something and expect to get it
She demanded a refund.
The suppliers are demanding immediate payment of their outstanding invoices.
The shop stewards demanded an urgent meeting with the managing director.
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‘…spot prices are now relatively stable in the run-up to the winter’s peak demand’ [Economist]
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‘…the demand for the company’s products remained strong throughout the first six months of the year with production and sales showing significant increases’ [Business Times (Lagos)]
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‘…growth in demand is still coming from the private rather than the public sector’ [Lloyd’s List]

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