Meaning of “depressed” in the English Dictionary

"depressed" in British English

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depressedadjective

uk /dɪˈprest/ us /dɪˈprest/

depressed adjective (SAD)

B1 unhappy and without hope:

He seemed a bit depressed about his work situation.
She became deeply depressed when her husband died.

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  • He's been listless and a bit depressed ever since he got his exam results.
  • She became very depressed in her old age.
  • He sounded very depressed when we spoke on the phone yesterday.
  • Pete was so depressed after his girlfriend left him that I actually thought he was suicidal.
  • Try not to get depressed - after all, what's the use of worrying?

(Definition of “depressed” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"depressed" in American English

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depressedadjective

/dɪˈprest/

depressed adjective (UNHAPPY)

feeling unhappy and without hope:

He’s depressed about losing his job.

depressed adjective (HAVING NO MONEY)

showing a lack of money or business activity:

This is an economically depressed area.

(Definition of “depressed” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"depressed" in Business English

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depressedadjective

uk /dɪˈprest/ us ECONOMICS

used to describe a situation in which there is less manufacturing or business activity than usual, fewer jobs, etc.:

The depressed state of the aerospace market made acquisitions difficult.
Banks took action yesterday to try to boost the depressed economy.

below the amount or level that is usual:

Anyone who did buy at the depressed 1987 prices has since been able to reap rich rewards as shares have hit new highs.
Sales remained depressed as a result of consumers' reluctance to spend on home improvements.

(Definition of “depressed” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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