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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Recent Examples on the Web During the pandemic, sales were depressed while many professional and youth sports were halted. Francesca Fontana, WSJ, 25 June 2021 While Pierce willed his way to an impressive individual season, playing all 82 games on a middling Celtics squad, the attack left him paranoid, anxious, depressed, and maybe most of all, sleepless., 15 June 2021 The lanes would also be depressed, similar to North Central Expressway. Dallas News, 7 June 2021 The tourism drought has depressed demand for local goods, affecting growers, herders and everyone else in the money economy — which has by now absorbed all of Khumbu. Ben Weissenbach, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2021 Since placing her newborn child for adoption in the first season, Violet has been aimless, depressed, self-medicating with alcohol, and resistant to Christy and Bonnie’s attempts to help her. Tara Ariano, Vulture, 7 May 2021 At the same time, the number of passengers is significantly depressed -- still 40% below pre-pandemic levels, according to air carrier group Airlines for America. Gregory Wallace, CNN, 5 May 2021 Four years of the Trump administration’s immigration policies, depressed refugee admission rates and anxiety among immigrant communities meant fewer people were coming forward to claim unaccompanied minors. Washington Post, 3 May 2021 The collapse of two crypto exchanges in Turkey at the end of last week also may have depressed sentiment amid debate about whether cryptocurrencies could be in a bubble. Joanna Ossinger, Fortune, 26 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of depressed

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Depressed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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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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