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[dih-pres] /dɪˈprɛs/
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.
Origin of depress
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
Related forms
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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  • To push them up artificially would merely raise unemployment, which would depress consumption and imports still further.
  • Most of the burden of filling these gaps will fall on the companies themselves, which will depress their profits.
  • The more they produce, the more they depress the price of natural gas.
  • And malaria can stifle foreign investment, depress tourism and hinder the movement of labor between regions.
  • All of these drugs are designed to depress the central nervous system in various ways to reduce pain or induce sleep.
  • At the indicated moment, every player must depress the button on the handle.
  • Others-it is feared-displace local skills and depress wages at the bottom.
  • The ensuing rush to protect home markets served only to depress commerce further.
  • The main impact of the property downturn will be to depress construction.
  • Rumors are part of the market and lift prices as often as depress them.
British Dictionary definitions for depress


verb (transitive)
to lower in spirits; make gloomy; deject
to weaken or lower the force, vigour, or energy of
to lower prices of (securities or a security market)
to press or push down
to lower the pitch of (a musical sound)
(obsolete) to suppress or subjugate
Derived Forms
depressible, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French depresser, from Latin dēprimere from de- + premere to press1
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Word Origin and History for depress

early 14c., "put down by force," from Old French depresser, from Late Latin depressare, frequentative of Latin deprimere "press down," from de- "down" (see de-) + premere "to press" (see press (v.1)).

Meaning "push down physically" is from early 15c.; that of "deject, make gloomy" is from 1620s; economic sense of "lower in value" is from 1878. Related: Depressed; depressing.

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depress in Medicine

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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