(Homonym: caul, col).
1. Brief visit in an official or professional capacity.
2. A brief social visit.
3. A demand especially in the phrase; SYN. claim.
4. A demand for a show of hands in a card game.
5. A request.
6. A telephone connection; SYN. phone call, telephone call.
ETYM French demande, from demander. Related to Demand.
1. An urgent or peremptory request.
2. The ability and desire to purchase goods and services.
3. The act of demanding.
In economics, the quantity of a product or service that customers want to buy at any given price. Also, the desire for a commodity, together with ability to pay for it.
ETYM Latin, from desideratus, p. p. Related to Desiderate.
(Irregular plural: desiderata).
Something desired as a necessity.
Something which is greatly desired.
ETYM Old Eng. necessite, French nécessité, Latin necessitas, from necesse. Related to Necessary.
1. Anything indispensable; SYN. essential, requirement, requisite, necessary.
2. The condition of being essential or indispensable.
In economics, good or service whose consumption is seen as essential in order to maintain a minimum standard of living in a society; for example, food and shelter.
ETYM Old Eng. need, neod, nede, as. neád, nyd; akin to Dutch nood, German not, noth, Icel. nauthr, Swed. and Dan. nöd, Goth. naups.
1. A condition requiring relief; SYN. demand.
2. Anything that is necessary but lacking; SYN. want.
1. The act of changing or reversing the direction of the course; SYN. turning.
2. Turning away or in the opposite direction.
3. The activity of doing something in an agreed succession; or; SYN. play.
4. An unforeseen development; SYN. turn of events, twist.
5. A favor for someone; SYN. good turn.
6. Taking a short walk out and back.
7. (In sports) A period of play during which one team is on the offensive; SYN. bout, round.
ETYM Originally an adj, from Icel. vant, neuter of vanr lacking, deficient. Related to Wane.
In economics, the desire of consumers for material goods and services. Wants are argued to be infinite, meaning that consumers can never be satisfied with their existing standard of living but would always like to consume more goods and services. Infinite wants mean that resources have to be allocated.