de·​press | \ di-ˈpres How to pronounce depress (audio) , dē-\
depressed; depressing; depresses

Definition of depress

transitive verb

1 obsolete : repress, subjugate
2a : to press down depress a typewriter key
b : to cause to sink to a lower position
3 : to lessen the activity or strength of drugs that may depress the appetite
4 : sadden, discourage don't let the news depress you
5 : to decrease the market value or marketability of

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Other Words from depress

depressible \ di-​ˈpre-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce depressible (audio) , dē-​ \ adjective

Examples of depress in a Sentence

The news seemed to depress him a little. I don't mean to depress you, but there's no way we can win. We were all depressed by the loss. You shouldn't let this kind of problem depress you. These changes could depress the economy. Market conditions are likely to depress earnings in the next quarter. depressing the price of a stock Slowly depress the car's brake pedal. Depress the “shift” key on your keyboard. The doctor will depress your tongue and look at your throat.
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Recent Examples on the Web All of this is depressing news for the fledgling crypto industry, as well as for investors and consumers who might partake in it. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Does the SEC's ICO Lawsuit Against Kik Go Too Far?," 6 June 2019 Which is depressing for the viewers too, in its own special Black Mirror way. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Black Mirror’s Miley Cyrus episode rebels against positivity culture," 5 June 2019 Often Marlene just stayed in bed, depressed about Jim and their son Donnie, who had died in his 50s. Heather Gillers, WSJ, "‘I Was Hoping to Be Retired’: The Cost of Supporting Parents and Adult Children," 16 Nov. 2018 But five gold medals later, the team’s back in the depressing classification rounds. Sean Gregory, Time, "Team USA Basketball Lost to France — Yes, France. But it's Not Time to Panic Yet," 11 Sep. 2019 The thought of such a dish toppling into a pile while being lugged around in a clamshell container across town is a depressing one. Soleil Ho,, "Spice of America, the most interesting Indian restaurant in San Francisco, is hiding in plain sight," 6 Sep. 2019 The fact is, the antidote to the depressing true stories purveyed by the news is the joyful abundance of thriving nature all around us. Bruce Beehler, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Why doom and gloom won’t help us fight climate change," 23 Aug. 2019 In a year of trade tariffs, natural disasters and weather problems, and depressed commodity prices, Anne Schechinger, EWG senior analyst, says that some of these farmers could be quadruple-dipping from federal aid programs. Laura Reiley,, "Trump’s $16 billion farm bailout is designed to help farmers hit in the trade war with China. But a report says it will make rich farmers richer.," 31 July 2019 Checking the box score was a depressing exercise, none of the Spurs standing out, and Patty Mills was held scoreless in 21 minutes. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Spurs’ bleak evening brings a rich reward," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of depress

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for depress

Middle English, from Middle French depresser, from Latin depressus, past participle of deprimere to press down, from de- + premere to press — more at press

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12 Oct 2019

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The first known use of depress was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of depress

: to make (someone) feel sad : to make (someone) depressed
: to decrease the activity or strength of (something)
formal : to press (something) down


de·​press | \ di-ˈpres How to pronounce depress (audio) \
depressed; depressing

Kids Definition of depress

1 : to press down Depress the “enter” key.
2 : to make sad or discouraged Don't let the news depress you.
3 : to lessen the activity or strength of Bad weather had depressed sales.
de·​press | \ di-ˈpres How to pronounce depress (audio) \

Medical Definition of depress

1 : to diminish the activity, strength, or yield of able to depress irritability of the heart muscle by the use of such a drug as procaine
2 : to lower in spirit or mood

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