de·press /dɪˈprɛs, di-/
de·press /dɪˈprɛs/ 及物動詞
De·press v. t. [imp. & p. p. Depressed p. pr. & vb. n. Depressing.]
1. To press down; to cause to sink; to let fall; to lower; as, to depress the muzzle of a gun; to depress the eyes. “With lips depressed.”
2. To bring down or humble; to abase, as pride.
3. To cast a gloom upon; to sadden; as, his spirits were depressed.
4. To lessen the activity of; to make dull; embarrass, as trade, commerce, etc.
5. To lessen in price; to cause to decline in value; to cheapen; to depreciate.
6. Math. To reduce (an equation) in a lower degree.
To depress the pole Naut., to cause the sidereal pole to appear lower or nearer the horizon, as by sailing toward the equator.
Syn: -- To sink; lower; abase; cast down; deject; humble; degrade; dispirit; discourage.
De·press, a. Having the middle lower than the border; concave. [Obs.]
If the seal be depress or hollow. --Hammond.
v 1: lower someone's spirits; make downhearted; "These news
depressed her"; "The bad state of her child's health
demoralizes her" [syn: deject, cast down, get down,
dismay, dispirit, demoralize, demoralise] [ant:
2: lower (prices or markets); "The glut of oil depressed gas
3: cause to drop or sink; "The lack of rain had depressed the
water level in the reservoir" [syn: lower]
4: press down; "Depress the space key" [syn: press down]
5: lessen the activity or force of; "The rising inflation
depressed the economy"