Definition of depress in English:

depress

Line breaks: de|press
Pronunciation: /dɪˈprɛs
 
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verb

[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.
Synonyms
make sad, sadden, make unhappy, cast down, get down, make gloomy, make despondent, dispirit; dampen someone's spirits, break someone's spirit, dash someone's hopes, dishearten, demoralize, discourage, daunt, crush, shake, desolate, make desolate, weigh down, weigh heavily on, hang over, oppress; upset, distress, grieve, haunt, harrow, cause suffering to, break someone's heart, make someone's heart bleed, bring tears to someone's eyes
informal give someone the blues, make someone fed up, knock the stuffing out of, knock for six, knock sideways
archaic deject
2Reduce 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.
Synonyms
slow down, slow up, reduce, lower, weaken, sap, devitalize, impair, deflate; limit, check, curb, bridle, inhibit, restrictreduce, lower, cut, cheapen, put down, keep down, mark down, discount, deflate, depreciate, devalue, diminish, downgrade
informal slash, axe
3Push 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.
Synonyms
push (down), press (down), exert pressure on, lower, hold down; thumb, tap; operate, activate, actuate

Origin

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

Derivatives

depressible

adjective
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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.

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