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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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 So many of these people are in financially depressed circumstance and succumb to temptation. Jessica Anderson,, "10 plead guilty in prison smuggling scheme, authorities say," 12 July 2018 The thinking is that as the ice age ended and the enormous Laurentide ice sheet atop North America began to retreat, the resulting meltwater fed a bevy of large lakes atop the depressed surface of the continent. Christopher Mooney,, "Scientists may have solved a huge riddle that led to more than 1,000 years of cold on Earth. It doesn’t bode well," 12 July 2018 During most of 2015, for example, real hourly wages rose 2% or more in annual terms while a collapse in commodity prices depressed inflation. Paul Kiernan, WSJ, "Inflation Is Eating Away Worker Wage Gains," 12 July 2018 A hundred years later, there’s the story about a depressed dentist who took himself out at sunrise. Liz Arnold, Longreads, "Making Peace with the Site of a Suicide," 11 July 2018 The depressed meadow works as a retention basin that can withstand water and drought and needs little maintenance. Lisa Boone,, "A tiny bungalow is reborn as a modernist, eco-friendly Craftsman," 3 July 2018 Withdrawal symptoms, such as drowsiness and depressed mood, can occur if stimulants are abruptly discontinued after years of therapy., "The dangers of misusing ADHD medications," 25 June 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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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