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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To lower in spirits; deject.
  • transitive v. To cause to drop or sink; lower: The drought depressed the water level in the reservoirs.
  • transitive v. To press down: Depress the space bar on a typewriter.
  • transitive v. To lessen the activity or force of; weaken: feared that rising inflation would further depress the economy.
  • transitive v. To lower prices in (a financial market).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To press down on
  • v. To make depressed, sad or bored.
  • v. To cause a depression or a decrease in parts of the economy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To press down; to cause to sink; to let fall; to lower
  • transitive v. To bring down or humble; to abase, as pride.
  • transitive v. To cast a gloom upon; to sadden.
  • transitive v. To lessen the activity of; to make dull; embarrass, as trade, commerce, etc.
  • transitive v. To lessen in price; to cause to decline in value; to cheapen; to depreciate.
  • transitive v. To reduce (an equation) in a lower degree.
  • adj. Having the middle lower than the border; concave.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To press or move downward; make lower; bring to a lower level: as, to depress the muzzle of a gun; to depress the eye.
  • To force or keep down; cause to fall to or remain in a low or lower condition; lower in vigor, amount, estimation, etc.: as, to depress stocks or the price of merchandise; business is depressed.
  • To weigh upon; lower in feeling; make dull or languid; deject.
  • To depreciate; rate meanly; belittle.
  • To repress.
  • In algebra, to reduce to a lower degree, as an equation.
  • To reduce to subjection; overpower.
  • To pardon; release; let go.
  • To cast down, discourage, dishearten, dispirit, chill, dampen.
  • Pressed down; hollow in the center; concave.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. lessen the activity or force of
  • v. lower someone's spirits; make downhearted
  • v. cause to drop or sink
  • v. lower (prices or markets)
  • v. press down


Middle English depressen, to push down, from Old French depresser, from Latin dēprimere, dēpress- : dē-, de- + premere, to press.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English depressen, from Old French depresser, from Latin depressus, perfect participle of dēprimō ("to press down"), from de ("down") + premere ("to press"). (Wiktionary)


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