demand (for a product)

We use the word "demand" when talking about something that is bought and sold. "Demand" is how much people want something. When demand is "high", it means that a lot of people want to buy it. When demand is "low", not many people want it.

This is a term that economists use a lot. It also comes up a lot in business news stories:

Demand for nurses and other health services continues to increase.

Some say that their manufacturing output can't keep up with the demand. 

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