Demand De*mand", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Demanded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Demanding}.] [F. demander, LL. demandare to demand, summon, send word, fr. L. demandare to give in charge, intrust; de- + mandare to commit to one's charge, commission, order, command. Cf. {Mandate}, {Commend}.] 1. To ask or call for with authority; to claim or seek from, as by authority or right; to claim, as something due; to call for urgently or peremptorily; as, to demand a debt; to demand obedience. [1913 Webster]

This, in our foresaid holy father's name, Pope Innocent, I do demand of thee. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To inquire authoritatively or earnestly; to ask, esp. in a peremptory manner; to question. [1913 Webster]

I did demand what news from Shrewsbury. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To require as necessary or useful; to be in urgent need of; hence, to call for; as, the case demands care. [1913 Webster]

4. (Law) To call into court; to summon. --Burrill. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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