depress

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From Middle English depressen, from Old French depresser, from Latin depressus, perfect participle of dēprimō (to press down), from de (down) + premere (to press).

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depress (third-person singular simple present depresses, present participle depressing, simple past and past participle depressed)

  1. ​To press down.
    Depress the upper lever to start the machine.
  2. To make depressed, sad or bored.
    Winter depresses me.
  3. To cause a depression or a decrease in parts of the economy.
    Lower productivity will eventually depress wages.
  4. To bring down or humble; to abase (pride, etc.).
  5. (mathematics) To reduce (an equation) in a lower degree.

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