What does the word depress mean?

    Part of speech: verb transitive

  • To press down; lower.

  • Part of speech: verb transitive

  • To dispirit; sadden.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • Depressor.

Usage examples for depress

  1. Just as we were made to feel that questions about Aunt Josephine were troubling, I felt now that to inquire into our precise financial condition was to harass and depress my mother. – My Little Sister by Elizabeth Robins
  2. Another of them had said, when the sailors were flogged, it was out of the hearing of the Africans, lest it should depress their spirits. – The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave-Trade, by the British Parliament (1839) by Thomas Clarkson
  3. I thus learnt how dangerous is the path of those who would advance themselves at courts where everything depends on the personal favour of the monarch, and not, as in our own happy country, where the power is distributed among the Houses of Parliament and great Ministers, so that no man hath it in his power unduly to depress another. – Athelstane Ford by Allen Upward