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Meaning of DEPRESS

Pronunciation:  di'pres

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  lessen the activity or force of; "The rising inflation depressed the economy"
  2. [v]  press down; "Depress the space key"
  3. [v]  cause to drop or sink; "The lack of rain had depressed the water level in the reservoir"
  4. [v]  lower someone's spirits; make downhearted; "These news depressed her"; "The bad state of her child's health demoralizes her"
  5. [v]  lower (prices or markets); "The glut of oil depressed gas prices"

DEPRESS is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: cast down, deject, demoralise, demoralize, dismay, dispirit, get down, lower, press down
 Antonyms: elate, intoxicate, lift up, pick up, uplift
 See Also: alter, bring down, change, chill, discourage, displace, get down, let down, lower, move, take down, weaken



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \De*press"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Depressed}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Depressing}.] [L. depressus, p. p. of deprimere; de-
    + premere to press. See {Press}.]
    1. To press down; to cause to sink; to let fall; to lower;
       as, to depress the muzzle of a gun; to depress the eyes.
       ``With lips depressed.'' --Tennyson.
    2. To bring down or humble; to abase, as pride.
    3. To cast a gloom upon; to sadden; as, his spirits were
    4. To lessen the activity of; to make dull; embarrass, as
       trade, commerce, etc.
    5. To lessen in price; to cause to decline in value; to
       cheapen; to depreciate.
    6. (Math.) To reduce (an equation) in a lower degree.
    {To depress the pole} (Naut.), to cause the sidereal pole to
       appear lower or nearer the horizon, as by sailing toward
       the equator.
    Syn: To sink; lower; abase; cast down; deject; humble;
         degrade; dispirit; discourage.
  2. \De*press"\, a. [L. depressus, p. p.]
    Having the middle lower than the border; concave. [Obs.]
          If the seal be depress or hollow.        --Hammond.
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