Definition of demanding in English:



  • 1(of a task) requiring much skill or effort.

    ‘she has a busy and demanding job’
    • ‘She has been an invaluable help in this very time-consuming and demanding job.’
    • ‘Most adults are aware of their ‘personal clock’ and know their prime times for completing intellectually demanding tasks.’
    • ‘Employees worked long hours, performing repetitive and physically demanding tasks.’
    • ‘Should that benefactor be reading this column, I should like to point out to them that writing a weekly column for the paper can be an arduous and demanding task at times.’
    • ‘Although the races are physically demanding, they did not only attract youngsters.’
    • ‘The temptation is to linger over these while neglecting other, more demanding tasks.’
    • ‘Raising children is a demanding task; it requires energy and attention round the clock.’
    • ‘Although it does not involve any lines, it is a demanding role.’
    • ‘She was still slender and wiry despite her demanding job teaching at Harvard University.’
    • ‘Professional ministry within congregations is often presented as an amazingly difficult and overly demanding task.’
    • ‘It is a highly complex and demanding task that requires that a number of skills be performed simultaneously.’
    • ‘Our goal is not to over-saturate pilots, but allow them to develop proficiency in basic skills and then introduce more demanding tasks.’
    • ‘But don't go breathing a sigh of relief, for this is the most demanding task yet.’
    • ‘Women engage in food preparation, child rearing, carpet weaving, and other tasks within the compound, while men take care of the animals and do the physically demanding tasks.’
    • ‘Despite her increasingly demanding schedule, Samantha insisted she still finds time for herself.’
    • ‘Increasingly, however, topics are also focused on developing more cognitively demanding academic language in the content areas.’
    • ‘He was involved in technically demanding work for which he was plainly well qualified.’
    • ‘They did a fantastic job on an extremely grim and physically demanding task, and I'm very proud of what they achieved.’
    • ‘You obviously have a very demanding training schedule, how do you stop yourself from getting run down?’
    • ‘Both ultrasound and resonance measurements in crystals are very demanding in terms of sample size and preparation requirements.’
    difficult, challenging, testing, taxing, exacting, tough, hard, onerous, burdensome, stressful, formidable
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    1. 1.1(of a person) making others work hard or meet high standards.
      • ‘The design team reasoned women are the most demanding customers and if you meet their expectations you exceed expectations of men.’
      • ‘But our canine counterparts can be extremely demanding.’
      • ‘The aspirations of these voters are far higher than other voters and hence, they are more demanding and impatient.’
      • ‘He was an individual who was single-minded, a very demanding person, but also a very loving individual.’
      • ‘He answers to shareholders and legions of demanding fans.’
      • ‘As soldiers, children are considered cheaper and less demanding than adults.’
      • ‘These boats are old, inefficient, and in some cases in need of extensive work if they are to meet the demanding safety standards that now apply to Ireland's fishing fleet.’
      • ‘My dream for the business is that we can continue to provide affordable, quality childcare that meets the demands of a very demanding customer base.’
      • ‘Words and ideas push people to think and revise their conception of society, to be more demanding.’
      • ‘If you feel under pressure or there are a lot of other stresses in your life, it can seem harder to cope with a demanding child.’
      • ‘Although schedules for architecture students are very demanding, we too deserve the right to easy access to services that are available to everyone else at the university.’
      • ‘They no longer had to worry about a hungry baby, a demanding teenager, or a simple lack of time.’
      • ‘She was not a demanding person by nature, but if she were left with her questions for much longer she'd very well seek answers on her own!’
      • ‘She could've kicked herself for the demanding tone in which she asked the question.’
      • ‘Her response was to jump up on to the kitchen counter and to sit by the tap, glaring at me until I turned it on to produce a trickle of the exact strength to meet her demanding standards.’
      • ‘In all my days, I have never met a woman was demanding and difficult as yourself.’
      • ‘Her absent-mindedness is self-handicapping, preventing her from feeling on top of the things that she does have to do, like take care of her demanding husband.’
      • ‘But are we seriously being asked to believe that virtually all applicants meet such demanding standards?’
      • ‘I'm very demanding on myself, and I'm very demanding of the people around me.’
      • ‘He is a very confident person and he is a very demanding person.’
      nagging, clamorous, importunate, insistent
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