depress

  • 1 depress — depress, weigh, oppress mean to put such pressure or such a load upon a thing or person as to cause it or him to sink under the weight. Depress implies a lowering of something by the exertion of pressure or by an overburdening; it most commonly… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 2 Depress — 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 depress — de‧press [dɪˈpres] verb [transitive] ECONOMICS 1. to prevent an economy, industry, market etc from working properly or being as active as it usually is: • Several factors combined to depress the American economy. • Overproduction was blamed for… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 4 depress — [v1] deject, make despondent; exhaust abase, afflict, ail, bear down, beat, beat down*, bother, bug*, bum out*, cast down, chill*, cow*, damp, dampen, darken, daunt, debase, debilitate, degrade, desolate, devitalize, discourage, dishearten,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 5 Depress — De*press , a. [L. depressus, p. p.] Having the middle lower than the border; concave. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] If the seal be depress or hollow. Hammond. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 depress — I verb abase, bring down, bring low, cause to sink, cheapen, dampen, darken, decline, decrease, deflate, deject, depreciate, deteriorate, devaluate, devalue, diminish, discourage, dispirit, drop, ebb, flatten, indent, lessen, lower, make… …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 depress — early 14c., put down by force, from O.Fr. depresser, from L.L. depressare, frequentative of L. deprimere press down, from de down (see DE (Cf. de )) + premere to press (see PRESS (Cf. press) (v.1)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 depress — ► VERB 1) cause to feel utterly dispirited or dejected. 2) reduce the level of activity in (a system). 3) push or pull down. ORIGIN Latin depressare, from deprimere press down …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 depress — [dē pres′, dipres′] vt. [ME depressen < OFr depresser < L depressus, pp. of deprimere, to press down, sink < de , down + premere, to PRESS1] 1. to press down; push or pull down; lower 2. to lower in spirits; make gloomy; discourage;… …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 depress — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French depresser, from Latin depressus, past participle of deprimere to press down, from de + premere to press more at press Date: 14th century 1. obsolete repress, subjugate 2 …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 11 depress — de|press [dıˈpres] v [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: depresser, from Latin premere to press ] 1.) to make someone feel very unhappy ▪ The thought of taking the exam again depressed him. ▪ It depresses me that nobody seems to care. 2.) …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 depress — verb (T) 1 to make someone feel very unhappy: The thought of having to take the exam again depressed him. 2 to prevent something from working properly or being as active as it usually is: Several factors combined to depress the American economy.… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 depress — verb 1) the news depressed him Syn: sadden, dispirit, cast down, get down, dishearten, demoralize, crush, shake, desolate, weigh down, oppress; upset, distress, grieve, haunt, harrow; informal give someone the blues …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 14 depress — verb 1) the news depressed him Syn: sadden, dispirit, cast down, get down, dishearten, demoralize, crush, weigh down on 2) new economic policies depressed sales Syn: slow down, weaken …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • 15 depress */ — UK [dɪˈpres] / US verb [transitive] Word forms depress : present tense I/you/we/they depress he/she/it depresses present participle depressing past tense depressed past participle depressed 1) if something depresses you, it makes you feel unhappy …

    English dictionary

  • 16 depress — depressible, adj. depressibility, n. /di pres /, v.t. 1. to make sad or gloomy; lower in spirits; deject; dispirit. 2. to lower in force, vigor, activity, etc.; weaken; make dull. 3. to lower in amount or value. 4. to put into a lower position:… …

    Universalium

  • 17 depress — verb /dəˈprɛs/ a) To press down on Depress the upper lever to start the machine. b) To make depressed, sad or bored. Winter depresses me. See Also …

    Wiktionary

  • 18 depress — de·press di pres vt 1) to diminish the activity, strength, or yield of <able to depress irritability of the heart muscle by the use of such a drug as procaine> 2) to lower in spirit or mood …

    Medical dictionary

  • 19 depress — verb Depress is used with these nouns as the object: ↑accelerator, ↑button, ↑key, ↑market, ↑pedal, ↑turnout, ↑wage …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 20 depress — [[t]dɪpre̱s[/t]] depresses, depressing, depressed 1) VERB If someone or something depresses you, they make you feel sad and disappointed. [V n] I must admit the state of the country depresses me ... [V n] I know he is too optimistic but I don t… …

    English dictionary


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