a. Feeling or characterized by sadness or dejection: depressed after losing her job; a depressed mood.
b. Affected with depression as a mood disorder.
2. Sunk below the surrounding region: the depressed center of a crater.
3. Lower in amount, degree, or position: Oil reserves were at depressed levels because of increasing industrial demands.
a. Sluggish in growth or activity: a depressed sector of the economy.
b. Suffering from social and economic hardship: a depressed region.
5. Botany Flattened downward, as if pressed from above.
6. Zoology Flattened along the dorsal and ventral surfaces.
Synonyms: depressed, blue, dejected, despondent, disconsolate, dispirited, downcast, downhearted
These adjectives mean affected or marked by low spirits: depressed by the loss of his job; lonely and blue in a strange city; is dejected but trying to look cheerful; the despondent supporters of the losing candidate; the disconsolate leaders of a besieged town; dispirited workers facing a plant closing; looked downcast after his defeat; a downhearted patient who welcomed visitors.
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