de press


verb (used with object)
to make sad or gloomy; lower in spirits; deject; dispirit.
to lower in force, vigor, activity, etc.; weaken; make dull.
to lower in amount or value.
to put into a lower position: to depress the muzzle of a gun.
to press down.
Music. to lower in pitch.

1275–1325; Middle English depressen < Anglo-French, Old French depresser < Latin dēpressus pressed down (past participle of dēprimere, equivalent to de- de- + -primere, combining form of premere to press); see pressure

depressible, adjective
depressibility, noun
overdepress, verb (used with object)
undepressible, adjective

1. dishearten, discourage, sadden. See oppress. 3. devalue, cheapen.

4. raise, elevate. Unabridged
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depress (dɪˈprɛs)
1.  to lower in spirits; make gloomy; deject
2.  to weaken or lower the force, vigour, or energy of
3.  to lower prices of (securities or a security market)
4.  to press or push down
5.  to lower the pitch of (a musical sound)
6.  obsolete to suppress or subjugate
[C14: from Old French depresser, from Latin dēprimere from de- + premere to press1]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., from O.Fr. depresser, from L.L. depressare, freq. of L. deprimere "press down," from de- "down" + premere "to press" (see press (v.1)).
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Medical Dictionary

depress de·press (dĭ-prěs')

  1. To lower in spirits; deject.

  2. To cause to drop or sink; lower.

  3. To press down.

  4. To lessen the activity or force of something.

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