depression Definition

  • 1feelings of severe despondency and dejection
  • 2a long and severe recession in an economy or market
  • 3a sunken place or hollow on a surface

Using depression: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "depression" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She was diagnosed with clinical depression.

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    The Great Depression of the 1930s was a global economic downturn.

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    The depression in the ground was caused by the weight of the heavy statue.

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    He fell into a deep depression after losing his job.

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    The medication helped alleviate her depression.

depression Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for depression

Idioms Using depression

  • feeling extremely sad and hopeless


    After her husband passed away, she was in the depths of depression for months.

  • a recession-proof depression

    a state of mind where one is so depressed that external events no longer have any effect on them


    He was in such a recession-proof depression that even winning the lottery wouldn't have cheered him up.

  • the mother of all depressions

    a phrase used to describe a particularly severe and long-lasting economic depression


    Many economists fear that the current recession could turn into the mother of all depressions.

Phrases with depression

  • mass-produced, inexpensive glassware made in the United States during the 1920s and 1930s


    Her collection of depression glass included several rare pieces.

  • a type of cake that originated during the Great Depression, made without eggs, butter, or milk due to rationing


    My grandmother used to make depression cake for us when we were kids.

  • the period of time during the Great Depression, roughly from 1929 to 1939


    My grandparents often talked about their experiences during the depression era.

Origins of depression

from Latin 'deprimere', meaning 'press down'


Summary: depression in Brief

The term 'depression' [dɪˈprɛʃən] refers to feelings of severe sadness and hopelessness, as well as a long and severe economic downturn. It can also refer to a sunken place or hollow on a surface. Examples include 'She was diagnosed with clinical depression,' and 'The Great Depression of the 1930s.' Phrases like 'in the depths of depression' denote extreme sadness, while 'depression glass' refers to a type of mass-produced glassware from the 1920s and 1930s.

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