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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, 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.
(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 feel unhappy 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 business operation: A surplus of corn depressed grain prices.
  • depress verb [T] (PRESS DOWN)

to press down on something: His finger depressed the stop button.
(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 slow housing market cuts demand and depresses prices for building materials.
to reduce the amount of activity in something such as a business, country, or economy: Fear of unemployment has depressed the housing market.
(Definition of depress from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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