depressed

adjective de·pressed
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of depressed

1 : low in spirits : sad; especially : affected by psychological depression
2 a : vertically flattened
  • a depressed cactus
b : having the central part lower than the margin
c : lying flat or prostrate
d : dorsoventrally flattened
3 : suffering from economic depression; especially : underprivileged
4 : being below the standard

Examples of depressed in a Sentence

  1. The rainy weather had her feeling lonely and depressed.

  2. He was depressed about having to return to school.

  3. The new drug is being tested on a group of severely depressed patients.

  4. living in a depressed area

  5. The patient has a somewhat depressed appetite.

  6. Prices have remained at a depressed level.

Recent Examples of depressed from the Web

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First Known Use of depressed

1598


DEPRESSED Defined for English Language Learners

depressed

adjective

Definition of depressed for English Language Learners

  • : feeling sad

  • : having a serious medical condition that causes a person to feel very sad, hopeless, and unimportant : suffering from mental depression

  • : having little economic activity and few jobs : suffering from economic depression


DEPRESSED Defined for Kids

depressed

adjective de·pressed \ di-ˈprest \

Definition of depressed for Students

1 : sad 1
2 : suffering from bad economic times
  • a depressed city

Medical Dictionary

depressed

adjective de·pressed \ di-ˈprest \

medical Definition of depressed

1 : low in spirits; specifically : affected by psychological depression
  • a severely depressed patient
2 a : having the central part lower than the margin
  • a depressed pustule
b : dorsoventrally flattened
  • the tapeworm is a depressed animal
  • —R. A. Wardle & J. A. McLeod


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