The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.
This, in our foresaid holy father's name,
Pope Innocent, I do demand of thee. --Shak.
2. To inquire authoritatively or earnestly; to ask, esp. in a
peremptory manner; to question.
I did demand what news from Shrewsbury. --Shak.
3. To require as necessary or useful; to be in urgent need
of; hence, to call for; as, the case demands care.
4. (Law) To call into court; to summon. --Burrill.