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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If contemporary Broadway musicals are any indicator, the rough and tumble British working class are among the most socially progressive, especially when depressed economies threaten industrial regions., "‘Kinky Boots’ kicks up its musical heels at the Saenger," 15 June 2019 Research shows that workers who are depressed one month after an injury may go on to suffer longer-term depression, and are at risk of serious mental-health complications. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "Kevin Durant’s plight is highlighting the emotional toll of injuries on workers," 13 June 2019 Most people are hurting, depressed, or suffering with addiction, a symptom of a much deeper issue. Joey Nolfi,, "Say 'Amen!' to RuPaul, your new queen of daytime talk," 5 June 2019 Pedro Almodóvar’s wild comedy involving a depressed voice-over actress going through a breakup, terrorists and some spiked gazpacho brought the Spanish director wide international acclaim when the movie came out in 1988. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "‘Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown’ comes to Lafayette stage," 7 June 2019 Its recently depressed stock price presents a compelling opportunity. The Motley Fool, The Seattle Times, "The Motley Fool: Checking out home values in your area," 30 Mar. 2019 Under the boost-glide concept, the missile stops short of delivering its payload into space, instead aiming the warhead into a depressed trajectory. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Putin’s New Missiles Are Having Decidedly Mixed Success," 25 Mar. 2019 Remember the mind-boggling final moments of the season two finale, which jumped into the future to show glimpses of a depressed Toby; Kevin and Zoe flying to Vietnam; and finally an ominous conversation between a much older Randall and Tess? Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "'This Is Us' Reveals the Heartbreaking Promise Miguel Made to Jack Before He Died," 24 Oct. 2018 Research on smartphones and social media suggested teens who are online more are more depressed, and heavy users are twice as likely to display attention-deficit or hyperactivity symptoms. Karl Rove, WSJ, "My Predictions Are 2 for 3—Thanks, Oscar," 2 Jan. 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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