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depress

[ dih-pres ]
/ dɪˈprɛs /
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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.
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Origin of depress

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

synonym study for depress

1. See oppress.

OTHER WORDS FROM depress

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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How to use depress in a sentence

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 of depress

depressible, adjective

Word Origin for depress

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