de·​press | \ di-ˈpres, dē-\
depressed; depressing; depresses

Definition of depress 

transitive verb

1 obsolete : repress, subjugate
2a : to press down depress a typewriter key
b : to cause to sink to a lower position
3 : to lessen the activity or strength of drugs that may depress the appetite
4 : sadden, discourage don't let the news depress you
5 : to decrease the market value or marketability of

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Other Words from depress

depressible \ di-​ˈpre-​sə-​bəl , dē-​ \ adjective

Examples of depress in a Sentence

The news seemed to depress him a little. I don't mean to depress you, but there's no way we can win. We were all depressed by the loss. You shouldn't let this kind of problem depress you. These changes could depress the economy. Market conditions are likely to depress earnings in the next quarter. depressing the price of a stock Slowly depress the car's brake pedal. Depress the “shift” key on your keyboard. The doctor will depress your tongue and look at your throat.
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His remarks renewed fears that the Fed may miscalculate and raise rates so high or so fast as to depress growth. Christopher Rugaber, The Seattle Times, "White House intensifies confusion and fear on US-China deal," 5 Dec. 2018 Blaine getting kicked out of NYADA when he was depressed, while Rachel felt too good for the school and quit, and then was let back in after harassing Whoopi Goldberg about it. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Fans Remember "Glee" and Its Most Absurd, Problematic Plot Arcs," 21 Nov. 2018 Even better, the keys slightly animate, vibrate, and sound when tapped, giving visual, tactile, and aural feedback that they were depressed. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Lenovo's dual-display Yoga Book C930 boasts a bigger screen and better 'keyboard'," 30 Aug. 2018 Cloak and Dagger deals with serious subject matter: Tandy squats in a church and robs rich kids to get by, Tyrone appears to be depressed by the loss of his brother as a child. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: 'Marvel's Cloak and Dagger' is exactly what a superhero TV show should be," 6 June 2018 Cox is fighting for the second slot against former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a Democrat whose backers are portraying Cox as a secret Democrat in order to depress his support among Republicans. CBS News, "Stage is set for California's "jungle primary" Tuesday," 2 June 2018 Rising prices of orange juice found in supermarkets can actually depress futures prices because higher retail prices typically lower consumer demand for the products tied to those contracts. Julie Wernau, WSJ, "More Bad News for the Orange Juice Market," 15 Oct. 2018 Voter turnout in those years is typically depressed, particularly among young people. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "MTV launches drive to get young people to vote," 20 Aug. 2018 Higher prices could depress sales, and with it the fees that the company collects from vendors. The Economist, "Amazon wins from a Supreme Court ruling," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of depress

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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English Language Learners Definition of depress

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

: to decrease the activity or strength of (something)

: to press (something) down


de·​press | \ di-ˈpres \
depressed; depressing

Kids Definition of depress

1 : to press down Depress the “enter” key.
2 : to make sad or discouraged Don't let the news depress you.
3 : to lessen the activity or strength of Bad weather had depressed sales.


transitive verb
de·​press | \ di-ˈpres \

Medical Definition of depress 

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 : to lower in spirit or mood

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