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English definition of “depth”

depth

noun (STRENGTH)    /depθ/
C2 [C or U] the fact of a feeling, state, or characteristic being strong, extreme, or detailed: He spoke with great depth of feeling. I was amazed at the depth of her knowledge.Power and intensityEnergy, force and power in the depth(s) of sth experiencing an extreme and negative emotion: He was in the depths of despair/depression about losing his job.Experiencing and suffering during the worst period of a bad situation: The company was started in the depth of the recession of the 1930s.Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for badSpecific periods of time
(Definition of depth noun (STRENGTH) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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