depress

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verb de·press \di-ˈpres, dē-\

Definition of depress

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  repress, subjugate

  3. 2a :  to press down depress a typewriter keyb :  to cause to sink to a lower position

  4. 3 :  to lessen the activity or strength of drugs that may depress the appetite

  5. 4 :  sadden, discourage don't let the news depress you

  6. 5 :  to decrease the market value or marketability of

depressible

play \-ˈpre-sə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of depress in a Sentence

  1. The news seemed to depress him a little.

  2. I don't mean to depress you, but there's no way we can win.

  3. We were all depressed by the loss.

  4. You shouldn't let this kind of problem depress you.

  5. These changes could depress the economy.

  6. Market conditions are likely to depress earnings in the next quarter.

  7. depressing the price of a stock

  8. Slowly depress the car's brake pedal.

  9. Depress the shift key on your keyboard.

  10. The doctor will depress your tongue and look at your throat.

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Origin and Etymology of depress

Middle English, from Middle French depresser, from Latin depressus, past participle of deprimere to press down, from de- + premere to press — more at press


First Known Use: 14th century


DEPRESS Defined for English Language Learners

depress

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verb

Definition of depress for English Language Learners

  • : to make (someone) feel sad : to make (someone) depressed

  • : to decrease the activity or strength of (something)

  • : to press (something) down


DEPRESS Defined for Kids

depress

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verb de·press \di-ˈpres\

Definition of depress for Students

depressed

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depressing

  1. 1 :  to press down Depress the “enter” key.

  2. 2 :  to make sad or discouraged Don't let the news depress you.

  3. 3 :  to lessen the activity or strength of Bad weather had depressed sales.


Medical Dictionary

depress

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transitive verb de·press \di-ˈpres\

Medical Definition of depress

  1. 1:  to diminish the activity, strength, or yield of able to depress irritability of the heart muscle by the use of such a drug as procaine

  2. 2:  to lower in spirit or mood



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