de·​pressed | \ di-ˈprest How to pronounce depressed (audio) , dē-\

Definition of depressed

1 : low in spirits : sad especially : affected by psychological depression
2a : 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

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Examples of depressed in a Sentence

The rainy weather had her feeling lonely and depressed. He was depressed about having to return to school. The new drug is being tested on a group of severely depressed patients. living in a depressed area The patient has a somewhat depressed appetite. Prices have remained at a depressed level.
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Some become isolated from friends and family or grow depressed. Jerome Gence, National Geographic, "Asia’s live-streaming industry promises intimacy. So why are users so lonely?," 31 July 2019 Since the incident, the lawsuit claims, the victim became depressed, developed an eating disorder, started cutting herself and has had thoughts of suicide that have persisted for years. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "Woman files $1 million lawsuit against Flower Mound megachurch, alleging neglect in sexual assault case," 27 July 2019 Trump seems likely to win re-election, but at some point the GOP is going to need to grow its brand — and not just energize older voters from economically depressed states. Steven Greenhut, Orange County Register, "Trump blew a chance to follow in Reagan’s footsteps," 19 July 2019 The seminarian later suffered an emotional breakdown and became deeply depressed, the report says. Anchorage Daily News, "W. Virgnia bishop spent millions on himself and sent cash to priests he was accused of mistreating, Vatican report says," 5 June 2019 Here my mother dealt with being in a new country, being a young mother, not being able to speak the language, feeling depressed, not having enough money. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Let the Poet Warsan Shire Tell You About the "Bravest Girl in the World"," 8 Mar. 2019 Some of them are very depressed and just barely getting by day by day. Heather Havrilesky, The Cut, "‘I’m a Single Mom and My Friends Walk All Over Me’," 4 July 2018 Italy remains the second European industrial power —seventh worldwide — and figures suggest economic recovery is on its way, even though bank credit is still very depressed. Jaimy Jones, Houston Chronicle, "Test your knowledge of Pearland area history," 19 June 2018 That indicates gloominess about the region's long-term economic outlook is quickly setting in, and signals that investors expect interest rates to stay depressed. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Europe is sleepwalking its way to another lost decade," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of depressed

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of depressed

: 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


de·​pressed | \ di-ˈprest\

Kids Definition of depressed

2 : suffering from bad economic times a depressed city


de·​pressed | \ di-ˈprest How to pronounce depressed (audio) \

Medical Definition of depressed

1 : low in spirits specifically : affected by psychological depression a severely depressed patient
2a : 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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