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Definition of depress verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they depress
    he / she / it depresses
    past simple depressed
    -ing form depressing
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  1. 1to 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.
  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 gas pedal (= when driving).
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: depress