I verb abase, bring down, bring low, cause to sink, cheapen, dampen, darken, decline, decrease, deflate, deject, depreciate, deteriorate, devaluate, devalue, diminish, discourage, dispirit, drop, ebb, flatten, indent, lessen, lower, make despondent, make sad, plunge, press down, reduce, sadden, shrink, sink, slump, squash, weaken II index debase, decrease, depreciate, derogate, diminish, discourage, disgrace

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  • depress — depress, weigh, oppress mean to put such pressure or such a load upon a thing or person as to cause it or him to sink under the weight. Depress implies a lowering of something by the exertion of pressure or by an overburdening; it most commonly… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Depress — De*press , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Depressed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Depressing}.] [L. depressus, p. p. of deprimere; de + premere to press. See {Press}.] 1. To press down; to cause to sink; to let fall; to lower; as, to depress the muzzle of a gun; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • depress — de‧press [dɪˈpres] verb [transitive] ECONOMICS 1. to prevent an economy, industry, market etc from working properly or being as active as it usually is: • Several factors combined to depress the American economy. • Overproduction was blamed for… …   Financial and business terms

  • depress — [v1] deject, make despondent; exhaust abase, afflict, ail, bear down, beat, beat down*, bother, bug*, bum out*, cast down, chill*, cow*, damp, dampen, darken, daunt, debase, debilitate, degrade, desolate, devitalize, discourage, dishearten,… …   New thesaurus

  • Depress — De*press , a. [L. depressus, p. p.] Having the middle lower than the border; concave. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] If the seal be depress or hollow. Hammond. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • depress — early 14c., put down by force, from O.Fr. depresser, from L.L. depressare, frequentative of L. deprimere press down, from de down (see DE (Cf. de )) + premere to press (see PRESS (Cf. press) (v.1)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • depress — ► VERB 1) cause to feel utterly dispirited or dejected. 2) reduce the level of activity in (a system). 3) push or pull down. ORIGIN Latin depressare, from deprimere press down …   English terms dictionary

  • depress — [dē pres′, dipres′] vt. [ME depressen < OFr depresser < L depressus, pp. of deprimere, to press down, sink < de , down + premere, to PRESS1] 1. to press down; push or pull down; lower 2. to lower in spirits; make gloomy; discourage;… …   English World dictionary

  • depress — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French depresser, from Latin depressus, past participle of deprimere to press down, from de + premere to press more at press Date: 14th century 1. obsolete repress, subjugate 2 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • depress — de|press [dıˈpres] v [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: depresser, from Latin premere to press ] 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.) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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