Definition of depress verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    depress

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//dɪˈpres//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈpres//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they depress
    BrE BrE//dɪˈpres//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈpres//
     
    he / she / it depresses
    BrE BrE//dɪˈpresɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈpresɪz//
     
    past simple depressed
    BrE BrE//dɪˈprest//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈprest//
     
    past participle depressed
    BrE BrE//dɪˈprest//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈprest//
     
    -ing form depressing
    BrE BrE//dɪˈpresɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈpresɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1  to make somebody sad and without enthusiasm or hope depress somebody Wet weather always depresses me. The prospect of staying single depressed her. What depresses me most is that I never see you. it depresses somebody to do something It depresses me to see so many young girls smoking.
  2. 2depress something to make trade, business, etc. less active The recession has depressed the housing market.
  3. 3depress something to make the value of prices or wages lower to depress wages/prices
  4. 4depress something (formal) to press or push something down, especially part of a machine to depress the clutch pedal (= when driving). See related entries: How machines work
  5. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French depresser, from late Latin depressare, frequentative of deprimere ‘press down’.
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