Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “depress”


verb [T]     /dɪˈpres/
MAKE UNHAPPY to make someone feel very unhappy, especially about the future: This place really depresses me.Making people sad, shocked and upset
REDUCE to reduce the value or level of something, especially in business: Competition between stores has depressed prices.Value and price decreases
(Definition of depress verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

Definitions of “depress” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


to direct the way that a ship, aircraft, etc. will travel, or to find a direction across, along, or over an area of water or land, often by using a map

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More