depressed

adjective

de·​pressed di-ˈprest How to pronounce depressed (audio)
dē-
1
: low in spirits : sad
especially : affected by psychological depression
2
a
: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web The conceit is simple and strangely moving: a young boy creates a list of things that make life worth living to cheer up his depressed mother who attempted suicide. Chris Bellamy and Kyle Fowle, EW.com, 10 May 2024 High home prices, high mortgage rates, and depressed home sales. Byalena Botros, Fortune, 9 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for depressed 

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Word History

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of depressed was in 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Depressed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/depressed. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

depressed

adjective
de·​pressed
1
a
: low in spirits : sad
b
: suffering from mental depression
2
: suffering from economic depression

Medical Definition

depressed

adjective
de·​pressed di-ˈprest How to pronounce depressed (audio)
1
: low in spirits
specifically : affected by psychological depression
a severely depressed patient
2
a
: having the central part lower than the margin
a depressed pustule
b
: dorsoventrally flattened
the tapeworm is a depressed animalR. A. Wardle & J. A. McLeod

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