depress

verb
de·​press | \ di-ˈpres How to pronounce depress (audio) , 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 How to pronounce depressible (audio) , 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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The disparity in exposure between male and female artists in country music remains widespread and downright depressing in this modern age. Dan Hyman, chicagotribune.com, "Country LakeShake makes waves with an all-female lineup," 17 June 2019 That has helped depress shares about 35 percent so far this year. BostonGlobe.com, "Bain Capital raises $900 million for life sciences fund," 13 June 2019 Take a break from depressing headlines and scandal-ridden newsfeeds in the week to come. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for June 9, 2019: Capricorn, be patient; Taurus, savor the process," 9 June 2019 There are fascinating, funky, somber, sweet, impressive, depressing, curious, ancient and inspiring pieces among the 115 works created by Native women representing every Native region in North America. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "Minneapolis Institute of Art exhibit is first to honor Native women artists," 7 June 2019 Choi told Fox News that the only difference between the version of himself who was heavier and depressed several years ago is his willingness to make a change. Emily Deciccio, Fox News, "'American Ninja Warrior' athlete with Parkinson's turns obstacles into relief," 24 Aug. 2018 Springsteen played it against a gigantic American-flag backdrop: If the goal is to depress everyone à la Nebraska, don’t play ringing rock riffs to an image of Old Glory the size of a billboard. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Bruce Springsteen, Accidental Patriot," 4 June 2019 Relied upon for decades to depress growth in the government’s hiring of civil servants, federal contractors have become an auxiliary force that often does much of the same work as rank-and-file government staffers, but with secondhand job security. Neena Satija, The Seattle Times, "Federal contractors who lost health insurance during shutdown remain in limbo," 28 Jan. 2019 In particular, the study noted that Latina actresses are now in 7 percent of speaking roles on television—a record that, despite being an all-time high and up from 2016's 5 percent, is depressing in the grand scheme of things. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Representation for Latina Actors Is at an All-Time High—But It's Still Not Enough," 11 Sep. 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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More Definitions for depress

depress

verb

English Language Learners Definition of depress

: to make (someone) feel sad : to make (someone) depressed
: to decrease the activity or strength of (something)
formal : to press (something) down

depress

verb
de·​press | \ di-ˈpres How to pronounce depress (audio) \
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.

depress

transitive verb
de·​press | \ di-ˈpres How to pronounce depress (audio) \

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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