Origin of depressed

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at depress, -ed2
Related formsnon·de·pressed, adjectivequa·si-de·pressed, adjectivesub·de·pressed, adjectiveun·de·pressed, adjective

Synonyms for depressed

Antonyms for depressed

1. happy.



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 formsde·press·i·ble, adjectivede·press·i·bil·i·ty, nouno·ver·de·press, verb (used with object)un·de·press·i·ble, adjective

Synonyms for depress

1. dishearten, discourage, sadden. See oppress. 3. devalue, cheapen.

Antonyms for depress Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for depressed

Contemporary Examples of depressed

Historical Examples of depressed

  • Now that everything had been done, that the last minute of suspense was on, she was depressed.


    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.

  • Over and above that, he was depressed and made uneasy by the late occurrence at his mother's.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • I do not know what is the matter with me, but I am in a very nervous state and most depressed.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

British Dictionary definitions for depressed



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


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 Formsdepressible, adjective

Word Origin for depress

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

depressed in Medicine




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.
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