depress definition, meaning - what is depress in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “depress”

See all translations

depress

verb [T] uk   us   /dɪˈpres/

depress verb [T] (CAUSE SADNESS)

to cause someone to feel unhappy and without hope: This weather depresses me. [+ -ing verb] Doesn't it depress you listening to the news these days? [+ to infinitive] It depresses me to think that I'll probably still be doing exactly the same job in ten years' time.

depress verb [T] (REDUCE)

to reduce the value of something, especially money: A surplus of corn has helped depress the grain market/grain prices. The rise in the value of the dollar has depressed the company's earnings/profits this year. to reduce the amount of activity in something, especially a business operation: High interest rates are continuing to depress the economy. to lower the level or amount of something: This drug helps depress high hormone levels.

depress verb [T] (PRESS DOWN)

formal to press down or lower: Slowly depress the accelerator/brake pedal.
(Definition of depress from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of depress?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “depress” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

airwaves

the radio waves used for broadcasting radio and television programmes, or, more generally, radio or television broadcasting time

Word of the Day

They sometimes go here and they never go there: using adverbs of frequency

by Liz Walter,
April 29, 2015
Sometimes, always, often, never: these are some of the most common words in English.  Unfortunately, they are also some of the words that cause the most problems for students. Many of my students put them in the wrong place, often because that’s where they go in their own languages. They say things

Read More 

e-juice noun

April 27, 2015
the liquid content in an e-cigarette, which includes nicotine and may be flavoured in various ways Contestants…suck on a modified vaper until they’ve filled their chest cavity with enough vaporised nicotine “e-juice” to shoot out a belch of white smoke upwards of 4ft long.

Read More