sad and gloomy; dejected; downcast.
pressed down, or situated lower than the general surface.
lowered in force, amount, etc.
undergoing economic hardship, especially poverty and unemployment.
being or measured below the standard or norm.
Botany, Zoology. flattened down; greater in width than in height.
Psychiatry. suffering from depression.

1375–1425; late Middle English; see depress, -ed2

nondepressed, adjective
quasi-depressed, adjective
subdepressed, adjective
undepressed, adjective

1. saddened, morose, despondent, miserable; blue; morbid.

1. happy. Unabridged


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]

depressed (dɪˈprɛst)
1.  low in spirits; downcast; despondent
2.  lower than the surrounding surface
3.  pressed down or flattened
4.  Also: distressed characterized by relative economic hardship, such as unemployment: a depressed area
5.  lowered in force, intensity, or amount
6.  (of plant parts) flattened as though pressed from above
7.  zoology flattened from top to bottom: the depressed bill of the spoonbill

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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.

depressed de·pressed (dĭ-prěst')

  1. Lower in amount, degree, or position.

  2. Sunk below the surrounding area.

  3. Flattened along the dorsal and ventral surfaces.

  4. Low in spirits; dejected.

  5. Suffering from psychological depression.

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Example sentences
Software may know when you are depressed by examining your online behavior.
Some depressed inner-city areas have been turned round-but sometimes only after
  being razed.
But the next morning she woke up in her empty house and felt so depressed that
  she unpacked everything.
It further depressed the economy and devastated farming livelihoods.
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