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definition of the word depression

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countable and uncountable; plural depressions

depression (countable and uncountable; plural depressions)

  1. (geography) an area that is lower in topography than its surroundings
  2. (psychology) in psychotherapy and psychiatry, a state of mind producing serious, long-term lowering of enjoyment of life or inability to visualize a happy future
  3. (psychology) in psychotherapy and psychiatry, a period of unhappiness or low morale which lasts longer than several weeks and may include ideation of self-inflicted injury or suicide
  4. (meteorology) an area of lowered air pressure that generally brings moist weather, sometimes promoting hurricanes and tornadoes
  5. (economics) a period of major economic contraction
    The Great Depression was an event in US history.
  6. (biology, physiology) a lowering, in particular a reduction in a particular biological variable or the function of an organ, in contrast to elevation

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