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DEPRESS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does depress mean? 

DEPRESS (verb)
  The verb DEPRESS has 5 senses:

1. lower someone's spirits; make downhearted
2. lower (prices or markets)
3. cause to drop or sink
4. press down
5. lessen the activity or force of

  Familiarity information: DEPRESS used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


DEPRESS (verb)


Sense 1depress [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lower someone's spirits; make downhearted

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

dismay; dispirit; deject; cast down; depress; demoralize; demoralise; get down

Context examples:

These news depressed her / The bad state of her child's health demoralizes her

Hypernyms (to "depress" is one way to...):

discourage (deprive of courage or hope; take away hope from; cause to feel discouraged)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "depress"):

chill (depress or discourage)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The bad news will depress him

Antonym:

elate (fill with high spirits; fill with optimism)


Sense 2depress [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lower (prices or markets)

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

The glut of oil depressed gas prices

Hypernyms (to "depress" is one way to...):

bring down; get down; let down; lower; take down (move something or somebody to a lower position)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 3depress [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to drop or sink

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

depress; lower

Context example:

The lack of rain had depressed the water level in the reservoir

Hypernyms (to "depress" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 4depress [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Press down

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

press down; depress

Context example:

Depress the space key

Hypernyms (to "depress" is one way to...):

displace; move (cause to move, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 5depress [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lessen the activity or force of

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

The rising inflation depressed the economy

Hypernyms (to "depress" is one way to...):

weaken (lessen the strength of)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


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