Depress Definition

depressed, depresses
depressed, depresses
To lower in spirits; make gloomy; discourage; sadden.
Webster's New World
To press down; push or pull down; lower.
Webster's New World
To press down.
Depress the space bar on a typewriter.
American Heritage
To decrease the force or activity of; weaken.
Webster's New World
To lower in value, price, or amount.
Webster's New World

Origin of Depress

  • Middle English depressen to push down from Old French depresser from Latin dēprimere dēpress- dē- de- premere to press per-4 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English depressen, from Old French depresser, from Latin depressus, perfect participle of dēprimō (“to press down”), from de (“down”) + premere (“to press”).

    From Wiktionary

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