- 1 to make someone sad and without enthusiasm or hope depress somebody Wet weather always depresses me. it depresses somebody to do something It depresses me to see so many teenagers smoking.
- 2depress something to make trade, business, etc. less active The recession has depressed the housing market.
- 3depress something to make the value of prices or wages lower to depress wages/prices
- 4 depress something (formal) to press or push something down, especially part of a machine to depress the gas pedal (= when driving).
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NAmE//dɪˈprɛs//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they depress
he / she / it depresses
past simple depressed
-ing form depressing