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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web For girls who were depressed, drinking, skipping school or fighting with their families, Trinity Teen Solutions claimed to offer a cure. Tyler Kingkade, NBC News, 7 Sep. 2022 People who hold such negative views of life are also less healthy, less satisfied, more depressed, and worse at their jobs than their more positive peers. Stephanie H. Murray, The Week, 6 Sep. 2022 The hospital director asked me not to interview the fighters: Most of them were suffering from trauma and extremely depressed to be stuck here, away from their units. George Packer, The Atlantic, 6 Sep. 2022 There was this sort of really dower, quite, sort of depressed mood in the building at that time. CBS News, 10 July 2022 As already harsh working conditions have deteriorated, the new group of owners has depressed income by pushing expenses onto fishermen, an investigation by ProPublica and The New Bedford Light has found. Will Sennott, ProPublica, 6 July 2022 Many were depressed, suicidal, lacked purpose and were running on empty. Diane Bellcolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 June 2022 Sam is far from the only mother who has felt depressed, anxious, and traumatized after giving birth. Melissa Whippo, Glamour, 23 June 2022 In addition, there’s the country’s depressed real estate market which is known to have been among the reasons the event was initially set up. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 20 June 2022 See More

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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 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for depressed


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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