depressed

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Depressed is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

Pronunciation[change]

Adjective[change]

Positive
depressed

Comparative
more depressed

Superlative
most depressed

  1. If someone is depressed, they have the condition called depression--they are very sad and cannot imagine being happy in the future
    No one knows why it happened, but last year, Jay became depressed.
  2. If someone is depressed, they are very sad and unhappy.
    "I heard Katie lost the race." "Yes, she is a bit depressed about it."
  3. If the economy is depressed, it is doing badly.
    In 2008, the economy was severely depressed
  4. If something that has many levels--like a surface, the ground, or something that moves up and down--is depressed, it is low.
    The ground is depressed where the rock used to be.
    The company was worried the depressed prices would make them loose money

Usage notes[change]

Because depressed can mean both a medical condition and "very sad," some people say that we should not use depressed to mean "very sad."

Verb[change]

Plain form
depress

Third-person singular
depresses

Past tense
depressed

Past participle
depressed

Present participle
depressing

  1. The past tense and past participle of depress.

Related words[change]