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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web There is no sign of the return to the heady days of 2021 but a distinctly more optimistic outlook for investors and founders in 2024 compared to the depressed state of 2023. Lawrence Wintermeyer, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 How exercise compares to antidepressants Arguably the most interesting finding, though, is that the effect of exercise on depressed people appeared superior to antidepressants. Jordyn Bradley, Fortune Well, 15 Feb. 2024 Rock pathways are one of the more common ways to help water find its way: Simply create a wide, depressed pathway of rocks from the top of a slope or wet spot that leads directly into your rain garden. Sophia Beams, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Feb. 2024 The 49ers sat on their bench, looking depressed, while getting showered in red-and-yellow confetti that, in another world, might have been red and gold. Tyler Foggatt, The New Yorker, 12 Feb. 2024 Except now, the fear is empty office buildings, not the depressed value of bonds banks are sitting on. Matt Egan, CNN, 9 Feb. 2024 Mental health care remains inaccessible for many youth, with 60% of depressed adolescents receiving no treatment. Cameron Pugh, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Feb. 2024 During a seven-week stay at the hospital, King was confused, disoriented and depressed, and pleaded for Turnquist to come to the hospital to help him, Niles said, even dialing 911 at one point. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2024 Some station owners let the gas pumps run dry or remove them altogether because the local economy is too depressed. Kim Severson, New York Times, 29 Jan. 2024 See More

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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 24 Feb. 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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