- 1Make (someone) feel utterly dispirited or dejected: that first day at school depressed meMore example sentences
- At first it depressed me that people gauged their popularity by how many texts they received, but on further reflection I realised that it's nothing new.
- That was completely demoralising, it shattered my confidence, and I was depressed for a year.
- It just depresses me that so many people waste so much time bleating inanely and helplessly when there are lives to go out and live.
- 1.1Reduce the level or strength of activity in (something, especially an economic or biological system): fear of inflation in America depressed bond markets alcohol depresses the nervous systemMore example sentences
- But they also are aware that large tax increases at this time of economic stagnation and rising unemployment would depress economic activity even further.
- These actions further depress economic activity, prices, corporate cash flows and the ability of borrowers to service debts.
- Inflationary policies conducted for long periods of time not only foster the growth of government but also depress economic activity.
- 2Push or pull (something) down into a lower position: depress the leverMore example sentences
- When the grip safety is depressed the rod is pushed up and lifts the firing pin block located in the slide.
- Your thumb will depress the magazine release lever as you grasp the magazine.
- It must also be in the proper position to depress the plunger on the deadlocking latch.
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- User selectable switches for setting the desired functional operation of the apparatus and a manually depressible panic button are also provided.
- At least one of the tray and label is flexibly depressible at the separator and cell for pressing the other lead against the cell to temporarily energize the LED.
- It has a small, depressible head piece, with a narrow channel running through it.
late Middle English: from Old French depresser, from late Latin depressare, frequentative of deprimere 'press down'.