- 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.
- 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
- 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 Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French depresser, from late Latin depressare, frequentative of deprimere ‘press down’.
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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//How machines work