To press down; to cause to sink; to let fall; to lower; as, to depress the muzzle of a gun; to depress the eyes.
- To lower in spirits; deject.
- To cause to drop or sink; lower: The drought depressed the water level in the reservoirs.
- To press down: Depress the space bar on a typewriter.
- To lessen the activity or force of; weaken: feared that rising inflation would further depress the economy.
- To lower prices in (a financial market).