intransitive verb \ˈtrend\

Definition of TREND

a :  to extend in a general direction :  follow a general course <mountain ranges trending north and south>
b :  to veer in a new direction :  bend <a coastline that trends westward>
a :  to show a tendency :  incline <prices trending upward>
b :  to become deflected :  shift <opinions trending toward conservatism>

Examples of TREND

  1. <during the winter our school system trends toward canceling school at the drop of a hat—or at least a snowflake>
  2. <the river trends east, then west again, forming an oxbow>

Origin of TREND

Middle English, to turn, revolve, from Old English trendan; akin to Middle High German trendel disk, spinning top
First Known Use: 1598

Related to TREND



: a general direction of change : a way of behaving, proceeding, etc., that is developing and becoming more common

: something that is currently popular or fashionable

Full Definition of TREND

:  a line of general direction or movement <the trend of the coast turned toward the west>
a :  a prevailing tendency or inclination :  drift <current trends in education>
b :  a general movement :  swing <the trend toward suburban living>
c :  a current style or preference :  vogue <new fashion trends>
d :  a line of development :  approach <new trends in cancer research>
:  the general movement over time of a statistically detectable change; also :  a statistical curve reflecting such a change

Examples of TREND

  1. the downward trend of the stock market
  2. Digital technology is the latest trend in television.
  3. There is a disturbing trend toward obesity in children.

First Known Use of TREND

circa 1777


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