depressed

adjective
de·​pressed | \ di-ˈprest, 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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In addition to mourning Bourdain, many urged others who may be depressed or considering suicide to find help. Erin Nyren, chicagotribune.com, "Anthony Bourdain mourned by Hollywood: 'He brought the world into our homes'," 8 June 2018 Hannah and Her Sisters Woody Allen’s classic is centered around two years’ worth of Thanksgivings with a family of artistic, depressed, dramatic New Yorkers. Vogue, "13 Movies You Totally Forgot Were Set on Thanksgiving," 22 Nov. 2018 In its wake, neuronal activity is temporarily depressed. Emily Underwood, Science | AAAS, "Will antibodies finally put an end to migraines?," 18 May 2018 Why should this effect prove so helpful to the depressed, addicted, and anxious? Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Why Psilocybin and LSD Don’t Deserve Their Bad Rap," 14 May 2018 When the foot stirrups are depressed, the pistons evacuate extra air inside the suction cups. Dan Dubno, Popular Mechanics, "Anyone Can Be Spider-Man With DARPA's Wall-Climbing Invention," 7 Dec. 2016 Here are some common signs that a friend needs help: Feeling too sad or depressed to get out of bed, get work done, or spend time with friends. Seventeen Magazine, Seventeen, "Here's How To Help A Friend Who's Struggling," 10 Oct. 2018 The season two finale featured a flash-forward to a deeply depressed Toby, hinting at an incoming rocky road for KaToby. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "​This Is Us​ Season 3: Everything We Know So Far," 19 June 2018 Facebook makes people lonely and depressed In a recent University of Pennsylvania study, researchers asked a group of college students to limit their time on Facebook, Instagram (owned by Facebook), and Snapchat to a total of 30 minutes per day. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Sorry Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook isn’t a “positive force”," 21 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of depressed

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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depressed

adjective

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

depressed

adjective
de·​pressed | \ di-ˈprest\

Kids Definition of depressed

2 : suffering from bad economic times a depressed city

depressed

adjective
de·​pressed | \ di-ˈprest \

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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