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 Timpview High’s volleyball players felt depressed sitting at home for the past few months without interacting with their friends and coaches. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah prep teams reveling in on-time return to the fields, courts," 9 Aug. 2020 Minnesota’s job market remains depressed even after many restrictions on businesses have lifted as employers remain uncertain about the direction of the coronavirus pandemic and economy. Kavita Kumar, Star Tribune, "Minnesota's job market coming back slowly as companies remain cautious," 7 Aug. 2020 In March of 2018, Karla became depressed and didn’t get out of bed for two weeks. Alice Driver, Longreads, "The Promised Land," 10 July 2020 The July 15 mandate to halve that capacity left restaurants scrambling to cut staff and donate perishable food, Lucas said, leaving some owners frazzled, depressed and facing personal ruin. Christen Smith, Washington Examiner, "Restaurateurs rebuke Pennsylvania’s pandemic restrictions and plead for assistance," 29 July 2020 The isolated, hilly region on the northern fringe of Appalachia is picturesque but has been largely economically depressed as manufacturing jobs have left and population has been lost. Mike Rodak |, al, "How foster care, adoption changed path of Tide’s top basketball recruiter," 13 July 2020 The first of a series of medical issues forced her to leave the service on an honorable medical discharge, discouraged and depressed. Nancy Baldwin, Dallas News, "After overcoming addiction and adversity, a Dallas veteran shares her restored hope with others," 30 June 2020 Anxious Americans: The psychological burden of the coronavirus pandemic has left large numbers of Americans feeling anxious, depressed and fearful, according to an ongoing survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. cleveland, "Cleveland City Council votes to tackle racism as public health crisis: The Wake Up for Thursday, June 4, 2020," 4 June 2020 The airport company said lobster shipments plummeted 84% in February on China’s lockdown, and remained depressed in March and April. Matthew Brockett,, "New Zealand Live Lobster Sales Surge as Chinese Gourmets Return," 6 July 2020

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First Known Use of depressed

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of depressed was in 1598

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14 Aug 2020

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“Depressed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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


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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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