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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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 Photo: /Associated Press A depressed stock market also helped lure investors into assets such as government debt. Shen Hong, WSJ, "Chinese Bond Yields Hit Two-Year Low," 8 Jan. 2019 But after the 2008 crash, those same people often found themselves in a bind, unable to afford the cost of a second home, yet facing a depressed real estate market where selling a vacation property would have meant taking a significant loss. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How vacation homes went from private escape to investment opportunities," 2 Oct. 2018 As such, Culver saw the Great Recession, with its depressed U.S. real estate market, from the front lines. Steve Jagler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jagler: Former MGIC CEO Curt Culver shares secrets to career happiness," 29 June 2018 While finding a match was a relief, the emotional toll of the first transplant and subsequent rejection left Hyland depressed and anxious. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Sarah Hyland Talks to 'Self' About Her Second Kidney Transplant and Suicidal Thoughts," 10 Dec. 2018 Gary is afraid of commitment and recovering from cancer, Rome is depressed and suicidal, and Eddie's an alcoholic who wants to leave his wife, Katherine (Grace Park), who's too good for him anyway. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "If You Like This Is Us, Then You'll Love A Million Little Things," 26 Sep. 2018 After losing his leg in a car accident in 2013, Bonner became depressed and turned to food and alcohol, reaching about 650 pounds. Jack Wisniewski, Fox News, "'My 600-lb Life' star L.B. Bonner's death ruled a suicide: reports," 8 Aug. 2018 During a traumatic divorce, Ronnie Shapiro of Westhampton Beach, N.Y., became severely depressed and suicidal. Courtenay Harris Bond,, "Which antidepressant is right for you? This genetic test could help," 11 July 2018

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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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marked by a state of overwhelming emotion

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