• WordNet 3.6
    • v depress lessen the activity or force of "The rising inflation depressed the economy"
    • v depress press down "Depress the space key"
    • v depress cause to drop or sink "The lack of rain had depressed the water level in the reservoir"
    • v depress lower someone's spirits; make downhearted "These news depressed her","The bad state of her child's health demoralizes her"
    • v depress lower (prices or markets) "The glut of oil depressed gas prices"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression than men in the United States
    • a Depress Having the middle lower than the border; concave. "If the seal be depress or hollow."
    • Depress To bring down or humble; to abase, as pride.
    • Depress To cast a gloom upon; to sadden; as, his spirits were depressed .
    • Depress To lessen in price; to cause to decline in value; to cheapen; to depreciate.
    • Depress To lessen the activity of; to make dull; embarrass, as trade, commerce, etc.
    • Depress To press down; to cause to sink; to let fall; to lower; as, to depress the muzzle of a gun; to depress the eyes. "With lips depressed ."
    • Depress (Math) To reduce (an equation) in a lower degree.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: When the First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, received an alarming number of threatening letters, soon after her husband became President at the height of the Depression, the Secret Service insisted that she carry a pistol in her purse
    • depress To press or move downward; make lower; bring to a lower level: as, to depress the muzzle of a gun; to depress the eye.
    • depress To force or keep down; cause to fall to or remain in a low or lower condition; lower in vigor, amount, estimation, etc.: as, to depress stocks or the price of merchandise; business is depressed.
    • depress To weigh upon; lower in feeling; make dull or languid; deject.
    • depress To depreciate; rate meanly; belittle.
    • depress To repress.
    • depress In algebra, to reduce to a lower degree, as an equation.
    • depress To reduce to subjection; overpower.
    • depress To pardon; release; let go.
    • depress To cast down, discourage, dishearten, dispirit, chill, dampen.
    • depress Pressed down; hollow in the center; concave.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Negative emotions such as anxiety and depression can weaken your immune system.
    • v.t Depress de-pres′ to press down: to let down: to lower: to humble: to make subject: to dispirit or cast a gloom over
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  • Paul Tillich
    Paul Tillich
    “Depression is rage spread thin.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Nothing else is needed to make you depressed, than to fancy you are so.”
  • Ernest Hemingway
    “That terrible mood of depression of whether it's any good or not is what is known as The Artist's Reward.”
  • Harry S Truman
    “It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose your own.”
  • John R. Stott
    John R. Stott
    “The Christian's chief occupational hazards are depression and discouragement.”
  • Arthur Rubinstein
    Arthur Rubinstein
    “Even when I'm sick and depressed, I love life.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. depressus, p. p. of deprimere,; de-, + premere, to press. See Press
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. deprimĕre, -pressumde, down, and primĕre, to press.


In literature:

The brows were fiercely depressed, suggesting a bitter defensive spirit.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
I felt a frightful depression, that suddenly burst into an attack of fear gripping me like hysteria.
"The Thing from the Lake" by Eleanor M. Ingram
And now a great weariness and depression fell upon me.
"Destruction and Reconstruction:" by Richard Taylor
The tendency to doubt and depression is often as prevalent as an epidemic.
"The Life Radiant" by Lilian Whiting
Animals become depressed and dejected after it.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
The back of the pharynx can be seen when the jaws are widely opened if the tongue be depressed, as R, Plate 20.
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise
The hoofs are broad, depressed, and bent in at the tip.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Her reflections at last became so depressing that, with a natural epicurean instinct, she tried violently to turn her mind away from them.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
There is nothing heroic in making other people depressed by our gloomy faces.
"The Canadian Girl at Work" by Marjory MacMurchy
But it was all so novel to me that I had not a moment to feel dull or depressed.
"Q.6.a and Other places" by Francis Buckley

In poetry:

In Fortune's wheel some elevated;
Some are to deep depression fated;
But our suprizing hero's found
To trace the Wheel of Fortune round.
"The Grenadier" by William Hutton
She disappeared; and the joker stood
Depressed by his neighbor's doom,
And amazed that a wife struck to widowhood
Thought first of her unkempt room.
"The Slow Nature" by Thomas Hardy
"Too dull to feel depression,
Too hard to heed distress,
Too cold to yield to passion
Or silly tenderness.
March on—your road is open
To wealth, Tom, and success.
"The King Of Brentford’s Testament" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Let's have a tiny little bush fire.
It's a cold, cold night tonight.
We are sick of this long session
Of the darkness of depression.
And a fire would make things bright.
"The Bush Fire" by C J Dennis
But when their gold depress'd the yielding scale,
Their gold in pyramidic plenty piled,
He saw the unutterable grief prevail;
He saw their tears, and in his fury smiled.
"Elegy XIX. - Written in Spring, 1743" by William Shenstone
ROSAURA. Thy favour, sir, I prize;
To thee the silence of my speech replies;
For when the reason's dull, the mind depressed,
He best doth speak who keeps his silence best.
"Life Is A Dream - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

NATIONAL NEWS (CNN) — The generic version of a popular anti- depressant drug, apparently isn't working for some people.
Dr Drew got $275K from pharmaceutical company to promote anti- depressant 's sex effects, report says.
"In the 90s I was hired to participate in a two-year initiative discussing intimacy and depression which was funded by an educational grant by Glaxo Wellcome," the TV doc said in a statement to WSJ.
Anti- Depressant Taken Off Market.
Which therapy has the strongest evidence base for treating patients with late-life depression.
Ken Burns Dark, Depressive Streak PBS.
The Increasingly Manic- Depressive Homeland.
Philadelphia, PA, September 2, 2008 – Lingering depression is a serious and common problem in bipolar disorder, and does not resolve well with existing treatments.
Individuals who have migraines have a higher chance of experiencing major depressive episodes, according to research published online in the journal Headache.
The study also found that those with major depressive episodes are at an increased risk of having migraines.
88-year-old woman recounts Depression-era life in ' Deserted Village' for historians.
Kennedy Jr 's wife, Mary Richardson Kennedy, was "depressed and despondent " shortly before she committed suicide, a source close to the former architect tells exclusively.
Prosperity through liberty, or depression through strangulation.
Driving into town the other day I was depressed about how this mulch thing has really gotten out of hand.
He is the author of Why Am I Still Depressed.

In science:

In both cases, there is a depression the transition for low temperatures and field near and above the critical one.
The Random Field Ising Model on Hierarchical Lattices I: Phase Diagram and Thermodynamics
It is worth to notice that the depression is more evident in the delta-bimodal model, specially for low temperatures, since the probability of exact frustrated spins are non zero in this model.
The Random Field Ising Model on Hierarchical Lattices I: Phase Diagram and Thermodynamics
They found that both BEC and superfluidity are depressed by the random potential and the superfluidity disappears below a critical density, even at 0 K, which is qualitatively consistent with the observations by Reppy et al.
Bose-Einstein condensation and superfluidity of dilute Bose gas in a random potential
HI gas, as revealed by a depression in the HI emission coincident with a region of X-ray emission.
First Look XMM-Newton EPIC Observations of the Prototypical Starburst Galaxy M82
In this cluster a surface brightness depression located at a distance of rb ≃ 100 kpc from the cluster center has a temperature Tb ≃ 6 − 10 keV (Mazzotta et al. 2002).
Feedback Heating with Slow Jets in Cooling Flow Clusters