Depress meaning

dĭ-prĕs
Depress is defined as to press down, make unhappy or less valuable.

An example of depress is pushing the gas pedal of a car down with your foot.

An example of depress is telling someone that their car has been stolen.

An example of depress is a property value being lessened by a bunch of neighborhood houses selling for much less than they're worth.

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To decrease the force or activity of; weaken.
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To cause a depression or a decrease in parts of the economy.

Lower productivity will eventually depress wages.

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To cause to be sad or dejected.
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To cause to drop or sink; lower.
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To press down.
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To lessen the activity or force of something; weaken.
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Depress the upper lever to start the machine.

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To lower in spirits; deject.
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To lessen the activity or force of; weaken.

Feared that rising inflation would further depress the economy.

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To lower prices in (a financial market).
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To press down; push or pull down; lower.
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To lower in spirits; make gloomy; discourage; sadden.
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To lower in value, price, or amount.
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To suppress.
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To lower the pitch of.
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To make depressed, sad or bored.

Winter depresses me.

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To bring down or humble; to abase (pride, etc.).
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(mathematics) To reduce (an equation) in a lower degree.
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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