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depressed

[dih-prest] /dɪˈprɛst/
adjective
1.
sad and gloomy; dejected; downcast.
2.
pressed down, or situated lower than the general surface.
3.
lowered in force, amount, etc.
4.
undergoing economic hardship, especially poverty and unemployment.
5.
being or measured below the standard or norm.
6.
Botany, Zoology. flattened down; greater in width than in height.
7.
Psychiatry. suffering from depression.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English; see depress, -ed2
Related forms
nondepressed, adjective
quasi-depressed, adjective
subdepressed, adjective
undepressed, adjective
Synonyms
1. saddened, morose, despondent, miserable; blue; morbid.
Antonyms
1. happy.

depress

[dih-pres] /dɪˈprɛs/
verb (used with object)
1.
to make sad or gloomy; lower in spirits; deject; dispirit.
2.
to lower in force, vigor, activity, etc.; weaken; make dull.
3.
to lower in amount or value.
4.
to put into a lower position:
to depress the muzzle of a gun.
5.
to press down.
6.
Music. to lower in pitch.
Origin
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
Synonyms
1. dishearten, discourage, sadden. See oppress. 3. devalue, cheapen.
Antonyms
4. raise, elevate.
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British Dictionary definitions for depressed

depressed

/dɪˈprɛst/
adjective
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

depress

/dɪˈprɛs/
verb (transitive)
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
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 depressed

depress

v.

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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depressed in Medicine

depress de·press (dĭ-prěs')
v.

  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')
adj.

  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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