depress

[ dih-pres ]
/ dɪˈprɛs /

verb (used with object)

to make sad or gloomy; lower in spirits; deject; dispirit.
to lower in force, vigor, activity, etc.; weaken; make dull.
to lower in amount or value.
to put into a lower position: to depress the muzzle of a gun.
to press down.
Music. to lower in pitch.

Origin of depress

1275–1325; Middle English depressen < Anglo-French, Old French depresser < Latin dēpressus pressed down (past participle of dēprimere, equivalent to de- de- + -primere, combining form of premere to press); see pressure

Related forms

de·press·i·ble, adjectivede·press·i·bil·i·ty, nouno·ver·de·press, verb (used with object)un·de·press·i·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for depress

depress

/ (dɪˈprɛs) /

verb (tr)

to lower in spirits; make gloomy; deject
to weaken or lower the force, vigour, or energy of
to lower prices of (securities or a security market)
to press or push down
to lower the pitch of (a musical sound)
obsolete to suppress or subjugate

Derived Forms

depressible, adjective

Word Origin for depress

C14: from Old French depresser, from Latin dēprimere from de- + premere to press 1
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Medicine definitions for depress

depress

[ dĭ-prĕs ]

v.

To lower in spirits; deject.
To cause to drop or sink; lower.
To press down.
To lessen the activity or force of something.
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