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"depress" in British English

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depressverb [T]

uk   /dɪˈpres/  us   /dɪˈpres/
  • depress verb [T] (REDUCE)

to ​reduce the ​value of something, ​especiallymoney: 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 ​businessoperation: High ​interestrates are ​continuing to depress the economy.
to ​lower the ​level or ​amount of something: This ​drughelps depress high ​hormonelevels.
(Definition of depress from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"depress" in American English

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depressverb [T]

 us   /dɪˈpres/
  • depress verb [T] (CAUSE UNHAPPINESS)

to ​cause a ​person to ​feelunhappy and without ​hope: Bad ​weather depresses a lot of ​people. It depresses me to ​think about it.
  • depress verb [T] (REDUCE)

to ​reduce the ​value of something, esp. ​money, or to ​reduce the ​amount of ​activity in something such as a ​businessoperation: A ​surplus of ​corn depressed ​grainprices.
  • depress verb [T] (PRESS DOWN)

to ​press down on something: His ​finger depressed the ​stopbutton.
(Definition of depress from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"depress" in Business English

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depressverb [T]

uk   us   /dɪˈpres/ ECONOMICS
to ​reduce the ​level of something: They ​maintained that the smoking ​ban had depressed ​sales in all their ​bars. A ​slowhousingmarketcutsdemand and depresses ​prices for ​buildingmaterials.
to ​reduce the ​amount of ​activity in something such as a ​business, country, or ​economy: Fear of ​unemployment has depressed the ​housingmarket.
(Definition of depress from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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