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depress

verb [T] uk   /dɪˈpres/ us  

depress verb [T] (CAUSE SADNESS)

to cause someone to feel unhappy and without hope: This weather depresses me. [+ -ing verb] Doesn't it depress you listening to the news these days? [+ to infinitive] It depresses me to think that I'll probably still be doing exactly the same job in ten years' time.

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.

depress verb [T] (PRESS DOWN)

formal to press down or lower: Slowly depress the accelerator/brake pedal.
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