What does depression mean?

Definitions for depressiondɪˈprɛʃ ən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word depression.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. depression(noun)

    a mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity

  2. depression, slump, economic crisis(noun)

    a long-term economic state characterized by unemployment and low prices and low levels of trade and investment

  3. natural depression, depression(noun)

    a sunken or depressed geological formation

  4. depression(noun)

    sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy

  5. Depression, Great Depression(noun)

    a period during the 1930s when there was a worldwide economic depression and mass unemployment

  6. low, depression(noun)

    an air mass of lower pressure; often brings precipitation

    "a low moved in over night bringing sleet and snow"

  7. depressive disorder, clinical depression, depression(noun)

    a state of depression and anhedonia so severe as to require clinical intervention

  8. depression, impression, imprint(noun)

    a concavity in a surface produced by pressing

    "he left the impression of his fingers in the soft mud"

  9. depression(noun)

    angular distance below the horizon (especially of a celestial object)

  10. depression(noun)

    pushing down

    "depression of the space bar on the typewriter"


  1. depression(Noun)

    an area that is lower in topography than its surroundings

  2. depression(Noun)

    in psychotherapy and psychiatry, a state of mind producing serious, long-term lowering of enjoyment of life or inability to visualize a happy future

  3. depression(Noun)

    in psychotherapy and psychiatry, a period of unhappiness or low morale which lasts longer than several weeks and may include ideation of self-inflicted injury or suicide

  4. depression(Noun)

    an area of lowered air pressure that generally brings moist weather, sometimes promoting hurricanes and tornadoes

  5. depression(Noun)

    a period of major economic contraction;

  6. depression(Noun)

    Four consecutive quarters of negative, real GDP growth. See NBER.

    The Great Depression was an event in US history.

  7. depression(Noun)

    a lowering, in particular a reduction in a particular biological variable or the function of an organ, in contrast to elevation

  8. Origin: From depressio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Depression(noun)

    the act of depressing

  2. Depression(noun)

    the state of being depressed; a sinking

  3. Depression(noun)

    a falling in of the surface; a sinking below its true place; a cavity or hollow; as, roughness consists in little protuberances and depressions

  4. Depression(noun)

    humiliation; abasement, as of pride

  5. Depression(noun)

    dejection; despondency; lowness

  6. Depression(noun)

    diminution, as of trade, etc.; inactivity; dullness

  7. Depression(noun)

    the angular distance of a celestial object below the horizon

  8. Depression(noun)

    the operation of reducing to a lower degree; -- said of equations

  9. Depression(noun)

    a method of operating for cataract; couching. See Couch, v. t., 8


  1. Depression

    Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person's thoughts, behavior, feelings and sense of well-being. Depressed people may feel sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, worried, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, hurt, or restless. They may lose interest in activities that once were pleasurable, experience loss of appetite or overeating, have problems concentrating, remembering details, or making decisions, and may contemplate or attempt suicide. Insomnia, excessive sleeping, fatigue, loss of energy, or aches, pains, or digestive problems that are resistant to treatment may also be present. Depressed mood is not necessarily a psychiatric disorder. It may be a normal reaction to certain life events, a symptom of some medical conditions, or a side effect of some drugs or medical treatments. Depressed mood is also a primary or associated feature of certain psychiatric syndromes such as clinical depression.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Depression

    Depressive states usually of moderate intensity in contrast with major depression present in neurotic and psychotic disorders.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'depression' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4119

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'depression' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4588

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'depression' in Nouns Frequency: #1638


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of depression in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of depression in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Terry Schuster:

    The depression gets real.

  2. Arne Espe:

    The endgame of this could be an inflationary depression.

  3. Karen Horney:

    Concern should drive us into action, not into a depression.

  4. Thomas Moore:

    Depression itself doesn't spread, but a healthy mood actually does.

  5. Dianne Augelli:

    Anxiety and depression can cause insomnia or insomnia can cause those.

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