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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Twenty-odd years ago the repute of the desk was so low in the business, the morale on the desk so depressed, that a series of leaders of the American Society of News Editors started looking for ways to improve the situation. John E. Mcintyre,, "We owe a debt to Hank Glamann," 13 July 2018 But being depressed and good at my job are not mutually exclusive. Sonja R. Herbert, SELF, "I’m a Fitness Instructor With Depression, and I Want You To Know About It," 22 June 2018 The cumulative effect is a toxic atmosphere that can leave women feeling depressed, anxious and trapped. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "'Death by a thousand cuts': How minor incidents of harassment create toxic environments for women," 12 June 2018 The salary for a first-round pick is determined (as in depressed) by the rookie pay scale. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Could Charlotte Hornets get a top-5 pick for Kemba Walker? Reader questions answered," 29 May 2018 That means eating foods like bread or pasta leaves them bloated, foggy, depressed, and headache-y. Allure, "Do Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, or Low-Carb Diets Actually Work?," 16 May 2018 About 30 minutes after the Salisbury men’s lacrosse team lost for only the sixth time in 18 trips to the NCAA Division III tournament final, 8-6 to Wesleyan on May 27, Jim Berkman was neither depressed nor bitter. Edward Lee,, "Jim Berkman has ‘a special fondness for’ 2018 Salisbury men’s lacrosse team," 22 June 2018 Neighbors and family recalled that Yoselyn seemed depressed and paranoid in Santiago. Maureen O'connor, The Cut, "‘Neither Family Will Be the Same’," 4 Apr. 2018 Alongside Jeff Bridges's depressed former DJ, Williams plays a homeless man reeling from the death of his wife, obsessed with finding the Holy Grail and hallucinating visions of a red knight. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Robin Williams movies to binge-watch this weekend," 13 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 \

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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