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Syllabification: de·press
Pronunciation: /dəˈpres

Definition of depress in English:


[with object]
1Make (someone) feel utterly dispirited or dejected: that first day at school depressed me
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  • 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.
sadden, dispirit, cast down, get down, dishearten, demoralize, crush, shake, desolate, weigh down, oppress;
upset, distress, grieve, haunt, harrow
informal give someone the blues
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 system
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  • 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.
slow down, reduce, lower, weaken, impair;
limit, check, inhibit, restrict
reduce, lower, cut, cheapen, keep down, discount, deflate, depreciate, devalue, diminish, ax, slash
2Push or pull (something) down into a lower position: depress the lever
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  • 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.
press, push, hold down;
thumb, tap;
operate, activate


late Middle English: from Old French depresser, from late Latin depressare, frequentative of deprimere 'press down'.



Example sentences
  • 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.

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