Definition of depressed in US English:



  • 1(of a person) in a state of general unhappiness or despondency.

    • ‘I was very depressed when I saw it break on the news.’
    • ‘Because of his stubborn nature, Gary is often depressed and unhappy.’
    • ‘I was really depressed and upset about him winning the election, like a lot of people.’
    • ‘I mean, to say they were depressed or despondent is too light.’
    • ‘I was depressed and saddened - I felt almost stateless.’
    • ‘He was depressed, despondent, and in total despair.’
    • ‘The moody, depressed man that had once been was gone.’
    • ‘When you are depressed or upset, if someone tries to share their problems with you, you are unable to listen to them.’
    • ‘She sounded almost as if she were depressed, or at least just generally unhappy.’
    • ‘Among the most unhappy and depressed people in the region are the supporters of the official opposition in the province.’
    • ‘‘He was clearly depressed at the outcome’ and found talking to the man ‘very unpleasant’.’
    • ‘I am depressed to see that kids these days do ‘food technology’ and design a pizza on a computer rather than handle real cheese and real mushrooms.’
    • ‘I couldn't help but mimic the fact Sean was upset, so I was majorly depressed and upset all through the next period.’
    • ‘Yes, I miss Neil, but that's not why I'm depressed.’
    • ‘He started to feel trapped, despondent and depressed.’
    • ‘And the real reason he was unhappy and unaffectionate was because he was depressed about his job.’
    sad, saddened, unhappy, gloomy, glum, melancholy, miserable, sorrowful, dejected, disconsolate, downhearted, downcast, cast down, down, crestfallen, woebegone, despondent, dispirited, low, low in spirits, low-spirited, heavy-hearted, morose, dismal, desolate, weighed down, oppressed
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    1. 1.1 (of a person) suffering from clinical depression.
      • ‘The study found the antidepressant effect of BT to be robust among psychotic depressed and elderly depressed patients.’
      • ‘A cautionary note is indicated about the generalization of these data to the clinical management of depressed patients.’
      • ‘Another issue requiring attention is the provision of adequate clinical care for older depressed individuals.’
      • ‘Several applications of this self - schema model to a clinical context with depressed individuals are then highlighted.’
      • ‘Children of depressed moms also had double the anxiety disorders.’
      • ‘This model is relevant to psychotherapy with depressed clients.’
      • ‘In addition, both the depressed mothers and their infants received significantly lower scores in terms of interaction behaviors.’
      • ‘In addition, depressed individuals who are heavy marijuana users may be less responsive to conventional antidepressant drug treatment.’
      • ‘Think of a day in the future when you will be able to test depressed patients and identify antidepressants to which they would best respond.’
      • ‘Half the depressed patients will be treated at six primary care practices providing the intervention services of the health specialist.’
      • ‘Relative left frontal hypoactivation has been documented (by our laboratory and others) in depressed adults.’
      • ‘Whatever the cause, anyone who has suffered from depression or cared for a depressed person knows the high price the illness exacts.’
      • ‘The comorbidity in the sample, especially among depressed boys, may have also limited our power to identify factors associated with depression.’
      • ‘It is suggested that hypersomnolent bipolar depressed patients seem to be at the greatest risk.’
      • ‘Doctors attribute the dismal treatment rate to the fact that many depressed people do not recognize their symptoms.’
      • ‘Overall, the present study has important advantages over previous research on the peer relations of aggressive versus depressed children.’
      • ‘In addition, depressed individuals are less successful in their efforts to stop smoking and more prone to depression following smoking cessation.’
      • ‘Most depressed people are not aware that the despair and hopelessness they feel are flowing from their negative thoughts.’
      • ‘We elaborate on these extensions by also considering, where appropriate, assessment and treatment implications for depressed individuals.’
      • ‘This type of voice seems to be associated with shy and depressed people, or with people who would prefer to be ignored rather than be heard and noticed.’
    2. 1.2 (of a place or economic activity) suffering the damaging effects of a lack of demand or employment.
      ‘depressed urban areas’
      • ‘Fifteen years ago, this was an economically and environmentally depressed city.’
      • ‘This depressed economic activity hurt employment figures and affected demand for housing, he said.’
      • ‘Besides this upgrade, the adjacent depressed suburbs also need a long-overdue, rejuvenation shot in the arm.’
      • ‘The high proportion of new cars on the road and the uncertainty over foot-and-mouth disease have depressed activity in the used car market, dealers said.’
      • ‘Even before area steel mills began to shut down and lay off workers the area was economically depressed.’
      • ‘The widening gulf between the richer federal states and the economically depressed regions is preparing the ground for a massive social explosion.’
      • ‘This will mean that the buoyant region maintains full employment whereas the depressed region exhibits a local labour demand shortfall.’
      • ‘Those exposed as young or adult animals displayed depressed activity.’
      • ‘The companies tend to locate their centres in economically depressed areas with a surplus of cheap labour that can be employed on casual, flexible contracts.’
      • ‘Numerous examples show that cool art scenes spring up out of economically depressed areas.’
      • ‘For years, the economically depressed town has been just another casualty of declining population, high unemployment and loss of industry.’
      • ‘Indeed, the downside to public spending cutbacks is depressed demand and job losses as well as reduced public services and continued inadequate infrastructure.’
      • ‘Most of them are in economically depressed areas.’
      • ‘Large areas of Africa were depopulated, economic development was severely depressed and the societies left behind were fragmented and destabilized.’
      • ‘The list honors entrepreneurs who have chosen to grow their companies within some of America's most economically depressed areas.’
      • ‘Now, a once prosperous town is economically depressed, unemployment has skyrocketed, and nobody can afford health insurance anymore.’
      • ‘The long decline of shipbuilding had a downward multiplier effect on these regional economies which became the depressed areas of inter-war Britain.’
      • ‘He attributes deflation to an increase in money demand caused by expectations of further deflation and perhaps depressed economic activity.’
      • ‘Once you take a lot of jobs out of economically depressed areas, like that area where they closed the plant, you will have an economic collapse in the city.’
      • ‘What could possibly worsen a depressed farm economy?’
      weak, weakened, enervated, debilitated, devitalized, impaired
      poverty-stricken, poor, destitute, disadvantaged, deprived, needy, distressed
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    3. 1.3 (of an object or part of an object) in a physically lower position, having been pushed or forced down.
      ‘a depressed fracture of the skull’
      • ‘When the lever is depressed against the handlebars by the pressure of the three fingers, the forefinger is not engaged by the depressed lever, and thus control of the vehicle is improved.’
      • ‘The lamps screw onto the stands with a sprung depressed lever making them very secure and quick and easy to setup and pack away.’
      • ‘The depressed lever then depresses the valve opening member.’
      • ‘In order to easily retrieve the cases even from deeper luggage compartments all three models have a depressed handle on the bottom side of the hull.’
      • ‘It is then replaced with the image below to represent the depressed button.’
      sunken, hollow, concave, indented, dented, pushed in, caved in, recessed, set back
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