Definition of depression
2 : an act of depressing or a state of being depressed : such asa : a pressing down : lowering <a depression of the tab key>b (1) : a state of feeling sad : dejection <anger, anxiety, and depression> (2) : a psychoneurotic or psychotic disorder marked especially by sadness, inactivity, difficulty in thinking and concentration, a significant increase or decrease in appetite and time spent sleeping, feelings of dejection and hopelessness, and sometimes suicidal tendencies <bouts of depression> <suffering from clinical depression>c (1) : a reduction in activity, amount, quality, or force <a depression in trade> (2) biology : a lowering of physical or mental vitality or of functional activity
4 meteorology : 4low 1b <a tropical depression>
5 economics : a period of low general economic activity marked especially by rising levels of unemployment <heading towards a depression> <periods of economic depression>
Examples of depression in a sentence
She has been undergoing treatment for severe depression.
Many people suffer from clinical depression for years before being diagnosed.
After several years of an economic boom, it looks as though we may be heading toward a depression.
The photographs show depressions in the moon's surface.
Origin and Etymology of depression
First Known Use: 14th century
DEPRESSION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of depression for English Language Learners
: a state of feeling sad
: a serious medical condition in which a person feels very sad, hopeless, and unimportant and often is unable to live in a normal way
: a period of time in which there is little economic activity and many people do not have jobs
DEPRESSION Defined for Kids
Definition of depression for Students
1 : an act of pressing down <depression of the brake pedal>
2 : a hollow place or part <My foot made a depression in the sand.>
3 : a feeling of sadness <Your support eased my depression.>
4 : a period of low activity in business with much unemployment
Medical Definition of depression
1: a displacement downward or inward <depression of the jaw>
2: an act of depressing or a state of being depressed: asa (1): a state of feeling sad (2): a mood disorder marked especially by sadness, inactivity, difficulty with thinking and concentration, a significant increase or decrease in appetite and time spent sleeping, feelings of dejection and hopelessness, and sometimes suicidal thoughts or an attempt to commit suicideb: a reduction in functional activity, amount, quality, or force <depression of autonomic function> <depression of red blood cells>
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