verb (used with object)
- depressed area,
- depressed skull fracture,
Origin of depress
Examples from the Web for depress
It is not enough for him to go negative and depress enthusiasm for Cucinnelli; he must find a way to actively energize Dems.
They were part of a vast left-wing media conspiracy to depress GOP turnout.Who’s Skewed Now? Beaten GOP Wakes Up to the Real America|Andrew Romano|November 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
So they depress the economy further—and this reduces revenues, wiping out at least part of the attempted deficit reduction.
He everywhere endeavoured to depress the nobility, and advance the baser sort of the people.Old English Chronicles|Various
You may imagine, then, it tended much more to depress than exhilarate my spirits.Italy; with sketches of Spain and Portugal|William Beckford
Here, also, they saw the graves of the poor fellows who fell at that time, but the sight did not depress the men much.Blue Lights|R.M. Ballantyne
The poor laws of England tend to depress the general condition of the poor in two ways.
Its most obvious action in small doses is to depress the force of the heart.The Action of Medicines in the System|Frederick William Headland
Word Origin for depress
early 14c., "put down by force," from Old French depresser, from Late Latin depressare, frequentative of Latin deprimere "press down," from de- "down" (see de-) + premere "to press" (see press (v.1)).
Meaning "push down physically" is from early 15c.; that of "deject, make gloomy" is from 1620s; economic sense of "lower in value" is from 1878. Related: Depressed; depressing.