- sad and gloomy; dejected; downcast.
- pressed down, or situated lower than the general surface.
- lowered in force, amount, etc.
- undergoing economic hardship, especially poverty and unemployment.
- being or measured below the standard or norm.
- Botany, Zoology. flattened down; greater in width than in height.
- Psychiatry. suffering from depression.
Origin of depressed
SynonymsSee more synonyms for depressed on Thesaurus.com
- 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
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Examples from the Web for depressed
The young people in Girls are miserable, peevish, depressed, hate their bodies, themselves, their life, and each other.Up to a Point: They Made Me Write About Lena Dunham
P. J. O’Rourke
December 13, 2014
But his recent Twitter feed, filled with dozens of angry and depressed rants, showed Fryberg was distressed.The Homecoming Prince Who Tweeted His Killing Spree
October 24, 2014
I was so depressed by it and so lost, it completely sucked all the joy out of playing music for me.Laura Jane Grace’s Trans Punk Rebellion
October 10, 2014
She reached around my hip and flipped up the depressed red button on my individual alarm.Inside a Hospital for the Criminally Insane
September 15, 2014
Duerson had apparently suffered several concussions, and in his later years, he was often angry and depressed.Has Football Jumped the Shark?
September 1, 2014
Now that everything had been done, that the last minute of suspense was on, she was depressed.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Dick observed that the colonel was depressed and he knew the reason.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
The little baby also languished, sharing its mother's depressed condition.Hetty's Strange History
Over and above that, he was depressed and made uneasy by the late occurrence at his mother's.Little Dorrit
I do not know what is the matter with me, but I am in a very nervous state and most depressed.My Double Life
- low in spirits; downcast; despondent
- lower than the surrounding surface
- pressed down or flattened
- Also: distressed characterized by relative economic hardship, such as unemploymenta depressed area
- lowered in force, intensity, or amount
- (of plant parts) flattened as though pressed from above
- zoology flattened from top to bottomthe depressed bill of the spoonbill
- 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
Word Origin and History for depressed
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.
- Lower in amount, degree, or position.
- Sunk below the surrounding area.
- Flattened along the dorsal and ventral surfaces.
- Low in spirits; dejected.
- Suffering from psychological depression.
- To lower in spirits; deject.
- To cause to drop or sink; lower.
- To press down.
- To lessen the activity or force of something.