Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “depression”

depression

noun  /dɪˈpreʃ·ən/ us  

depression noun (CAUSE UNHAPPINESS)

[U] a feeling of sadness, or medical a type of mental illness that causes long periods of unhappiness: I’m just beginning to get over the depression from losing my job. medical Tiredness, loss of appetite, and sleeping problems are symptoms of depression.

depression noun (PRESS DOWN)

[C] a part in a surface that is slightly lower than the rest: There was a depression in the sand where he’d been lying.

depression noun (REDUCE)

world history [C] a period in which there is very little business activity and little employment: My parents lived through the Great Depression of the 1930s.
(Definition of depression from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of depression?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More American English definitions for “depression”

Definitions of “depression” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

hello stranger

said to a person that you know but have not seen for a long time

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

silver splicer noun

November 17, 2014
informal a person who marries in later life Newly retired and now newlywed – rise of the ‘silver splicers’ Reaching pension age becomes a trigger to tie the knot as baby-boomers begin to redefine retirement

Read More