depressible, adj.depressibility, n.
/di pres"/, v.t.
1. to make sad or gloomy; lower in spirits; deject; dispirit.
2. to lower in force, vigor, activity, etc.; weaken; make dull.
3. to lower in amount or value.
4. to put into a lower position: to depress the muzzle of a gun.
5. to press down.
6. Music. to lower in pitch.
[1275-1325; ME depressen < AF, OF depresser < L depressus pressed down (ptp. of deprimere, equiv. to de- DE- + -primere, comb. form of premere to press); see PRESSURE]
Syn. 1. dishearten, discourage, sadden. See oppress. 3. devalue, cheapen.
Ant. 4. raise, elevate.

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