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 for depress
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Depress \De*press"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Depressed; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Depressing.] [L. depressus, p. p. of deprimere; de-
     + premere to press. See Press.]
     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." --Tennyson.
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     2. To bring down or humble; to abase, as pride.
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     3. To cast a gloom upon; to sadden; as, his spirits were
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     4. To lessen the activity of; to make dull; embarrass, as
        trade, commerce, etc.
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     5. To lessen in price; to cause to decline in value; to
        cheapen; to depreciate.
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     6. (Math.) To reduce (an equation) in a lower degree.
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     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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Depress \De*press"\, a. [L. depressus, p. p.]
     Having the middle lower than the border; concave. [Obs.]
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           If the seal be depress or hollow.        --Hammond.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: lower someone's spirits; make downhearted; "These news
           depressed her"; "The bad state of her child's health
           demoralizes her" [syn: depress, deject, cast down,
           get down, dismay, dispirit, demoralize,
           demoralise] [ant: elate, intoxicate, lift up, pick
           up, uplift]
      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, depress]
      4: press down; "Depress the space key" [syn: press down,
      5: lessen the activity or force of; "The rising inflation
         depressed the economy"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  98 Moby Thesaurus words for "depress":
     abridge, bear down, beat down, bring down, bring low, burden,
     cast down, cheapen, compress, couch, countersink, curtail, cut,
     cut back, cut down, damp, dampen, dampen the spirits, darken, dash,
     debase, debilitate, decrease, deduct, deepen, deflate, deject,
     demit, dent, depreciate, detrude, devaluate, devalue, dig,
     diminish, dimple, dint, discourage, dishearten, dispirit, dive,
     downbear, downgrade, drill, droop, dull, enervate, engrave,
     excavate, grieve, haul down, impress, imprint, indent, knock down,
     lessen, let, let down, lower, lower the spirits, mine, notch,
     oppress, pare, pit, pock, pockmark, press down, press in,
     pull down, punch, punch in, push down, recess, reduce, retrench,
     roll back, sadden, sap, scale down, set back, set in, shorten,
     simplify, sink, stamp, step down, take down, take from, tamp,
     thrust down, tune down, tunnel, upset, weaken, weigh down,
     weigh heavy upon, weigh upon

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