Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: depresser, from Latin premere 'to press'


deā€§press [transitive]
1 to make someone feel very unhappy:
The thought of taking the exam again depressed him.
It depresses me that nobody seems to care.
2 to prevent an economy from being as active and successful as it usually is:
Several factors combined to depress the American economy.
3 formal to press something down, especially a part of a machine:
Depress the clutch fully.
4 formal to reduce the value of prices or wages:
High interest rates may depress share prices.

Dictionary results for "depress"
Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.