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Definition of "depress" []

  • To lower in spirits; deject. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to drop or sink; lower: The drought depressed the water level in the reservoirs. (verb-transitive)
  • To press down: Depress the space bar on a typewriter. (verb-transitive)
  • To lessen the activity or force of; weaken: feared that rising inflation would further depress the economy. (verb-transitive)
  • To lower prices in (a financial market). (verb-transitive)
  • To lower in spirits; make gloomy; deject (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To weaken or lower the force, vigour, or energy of (verb)
  • To lower prices of (securities or a security market) (verb)
  • To press or push down (verb)
  • To lower the pitch of (a musical sound) (verb)
  • To suppress or subjugate (verb)

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Use "depress" in a sentence
  • "With the new load of fifth-graders, plus the fourth-graders, Schaeffler anticipates an increased number of low-performing students that may again depress average scores."
  • "With the new load of fifth graders plus the fourth graders, Schaeffler anticipates an increased number of low-performing students that may again depress average scores."
  • "As an Obama supporter, surveys like this kind of depress me."