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Princeton's WordNet

  1. depress, deject, cast down, get down, dismay, dispirit, demoralize, demoraliseverb

    lower someone's spirits; make downhearted

    "These news depressed her"; "The bad state of her child's health demoralizes her"

  2. depressverb

    lower (prices or markets)

    "The glut of oil depressed gas prices"

  3. lower, depressverb

    cause to drop or sink

    "The lack of rain had depressed the water level in the reservoir"

  4. press down, depressverb

    press down

    "Depress the space key"

  5. depressverb

    lessen the activity or force of

    "The rising inflation depressed the economy"


  1. depressverb

    To press down on

    Depress the upper lever to start the machine.

  2. depressverb

    To make depressed, sad or bored.

    Winter depresses me.

  3. depressverb

    To cause a depression or a decrease in parts of the economy.

    Lower productivity will eventually depress wages.

  4. Etymology: From depressen, from depresser, from depressus, perfect participle of deprimo, from de + premere.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To DEPRESSverb

    Etymology: from depressus, of deprimo, Latin.

    The same thing I have tried by letting a globe rest, and raising or depressing the eye, or otherwise moving it to make the angle of a just magnitude. Isaac Newton, Opt.

    Others depress their own minds, despond at the first difficulty, and conclude that the making any progress in knowledge is above their capacities. John Locke.

    If we consider how often it breaks the gloom, which is apt to depress the mind, with transient unexpected gleams of joy, one would take care not to grow too wise for so great a pleasure of life. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 249.

    Passion can depress or raise
    The heavenly, as the human mind. Matthew Prior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Depressverb

    to press down; to cause to sink; to let fall; to lower; as, to depress the muzzle of a gun; to depress the eyes

  2. Depressverb

    to bring down or humble; to abase, as pride

  3. Depressverb

    to cast a gloom upon; to sadden; as, his spirits were depressed

  4. Depressverb

    to lessen the activity of; to make dull; embarrass, as trade, commerce, etc

  5. Depressverb

    to lessen in price; to cause to decline in value; to cheapen; to depreciate

  6. Depressverb

    to reduce (an equation) in a lower degree

  7. Depressadjective

    having the middle lower than the border; concave

  8. Etymology: [L. depressus, p. p.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Depress

    de-pres′, v.t. to press down: to let down: to lower: to humble: to make subject: to dispirit or cast a gloom over.—n. Depres′sant (med.), a sedative.—p.adj. Depressed′, pressed down: lowered: humbled: dejected: dispirited.—adj. Depres′sing, able or tending to depress.—adv. Depres′singly.—ns. Depres′sion, a falling in or sinking: a lowering: a fall of the barometer: a hollow: abasement: dejection; Depres′sor, an oppressor: a muscle that draws down: a surgical instrument for squeezing down a soft part. [L. deprimĕre, -pressumde, down, and primĕre, to press.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. depress

    The order to adjust the quoin in great-gun exercise; to depress the muzzle to point at an object below the level, in contradistinction to elevate.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of depress in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of depress in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of depress in a Sentence

  1. jimmy haigler:

    my life is enough to depress the entire universe but I'm the only one living it

  2. Richard Land:

    That would be a problem, i think it might depress [ turnout ] some.

  3. Joseph Addison:

    Education is a companion which no misfortune can depress, no crime can destroy, no enemy can alienate,no despotism can enslave. At home, a friend, abroad, an introduction, in solitude a solace and in society an ornament.It chastens vice, it guides virtue, it gives at once grace and government to genius. Without it, what is man A splendid slave, a reasoning savage.

  4. Benjamin Ginsberg:

    One of the effects that the charges of fraudulent elections has is that it's going to depress Republican turnout — that if voters come to think their votes don't matter because the results are rigged, they'll stay home.

  5. Shamgar Connors:

    I'm not gonna let this depress me. I'm gonna fight this.

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