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Definition of trend

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1a : 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
2 : the general movement over time of a statistically detectable change also : a statistical curve reflecting such a change
3 : a line of general direction or movement the trend of the coast turned toward the west


trended; trending; trends

Definition of trend (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to show a tendency : incline prices trending upward
b : to become deflected : shift opinions trending toward conservatism
2a : 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
3 : to generate or attract a lot of interest or attention especially online and in social media a trending news story … a database that combs about 42 sources, including blogs, social media, peer-to-peer sites, video destinations, Twitter and popular Web sites to present a complete view of how brands, topics and ideas are trending online.— Daisy Whitney

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Synonyms for trend

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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tendency, trend, drift, tenor, current mean movement in a particular direction. tendency implies an inclination sometimes amounting to an impelling force. a general tendency toward inflation trend applies to the general direction maintained by a winding or irregular course. the long-term trend of the stock market is upward drift may apply to a tendency determined by external forces the drift of the population away from large cities or it may apply to an underlying or obscure trend of meaning or discourse. got the drift of her argument tenor stresses a clearly perceptible direction and a continuous, undeviating course. the tenor of the times current implies a clearly defined but not necessarily unalterable course. an encounter that changed the current of my life

Examples of trend in a Sentence

Noun the downward trend of the stock market Digital technology is the latest trend in television. There is a disturbing trend toward obesity in children. Verb during the winter our school system trends toward canceling school at the drop of a hat—or at least a snowflake the river trends east, then west again, forming an oxbow
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Holmes wore the coat with straight-leg blue jeans, on-trend chunky black loafers, and beige ankle socks (and a white face mask, of course). Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes' Mango Puffer Coat is a Must-Have for Winter," 26 Jan. 2021 Its sweatshirt sets and sweater-and-scarf combo which feel both on-trend and timeless. Talia Abbas, Glamour, "23 French Clothing Brands to Keep on Your Radar," 22 Jan. 2021 Mossberg was the first to do it, and now Stoeger is getting in on this trend with its M3500. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "The Best New Shotguns For 2021," 21 Jan. 2021 Fashion was getting more personal and less trend-driven; the pandemic only hastened that change. Emily Farra, Vogue, "What Will Street Style Look Like in 2021?," 5 Jan. 2021 If there’s one trend that has held this season, it’s that the Browns struggle to run the ball on third- or fourth-and-short. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "Browns Winners and Losers in Week 16: Fumbles, feeding a rivalry and follow-up questions," 28 Dec. 2020 Tile made to look like wood and other materials is just one tile trend for walls and floors that experts expect to see a lot more of in 2021. Richard A. Marini,, "7 hot trends in home tile for walls and floors, from faux wood and bolder colors to the comeback of retro hexagonal tiles," 24 Dec. 2020 Zumper analyst Neil Gerstein said one trend seen across the nation is that renters leaving expensive markets don’t move too far. Kellie Hwang,, "Renters fled S.F. and the Bay Area in 2020 — but many didn’t go far, data suggests," 22 Dec. 2020 Looking at our most popular baking recipes of the year, based on readership, one trend stands out: bread. Washington Post, "Our top 10 baking recipes of 2020 featured cake, pie and a whole bunch of bread," 19 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb City Cast, a new venture, is trying to buck that trend with a model based on two of the industry’s rare bright spots: podcasting and newsletters. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Can Podcasts Save Local News?," 22 Oct. 2020 Emily Ratajkowski has a way of making virtually any fashion trend her own. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski Shows a Fresh Way to Wear Leather Pants This Fall," 4 Oct. 2020 But some more affordable cities including Fresno; Albuquerque; Boise, Idaho; and Gilbert, Ariz., saw vacancies decline and rents trend upward. Kellie Hwang,, "These charts show just how extreme the rent declines in San Francisco were in 2020," 5 Jan. 2021 Skies trend clearer Tuesday night with breezy winds from the northwest and lows once again in the low-to-mid 30s. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Raw and occasionally damp today with a seasonable week ahead," 3 Jan. 2021 As the old guard has retired, leaving their jerseys in the overcrowded rafters of the AT&T Center, the Spurs have begun to trend younger. Jeff Mcdonald,, "‘He’s very hip:’ How 71-year-old Gregg Popovich is finding ways to bond with his youngest roster ever," 24 Dec. 2020 Sure, there are the beautiful deep greens and dark red nail polishes that always trend this time of year. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "23 Winter Nail Ideas You’ll Definitely Want to Copy," 15 Dec. 2020 Early signs suggests that charitable giving may trend significantly upward this holiday season. Eve Peyser, Star Tribune, "Some people actually had a good year. Don't forget it," 15 Dec. 2020 But Allegany County’s eastern neighbor, Washington County, has seen case rates trend in the wrong direction. Ben Leonard,, "Maryland passes 5,000 coronavirus deaths, reports 61 fatalities, most in one day since May," 15 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of trend


circa 1777, in the meaning defined at sense 3


1598, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for trend


Middle English, to turn, revolve, from Old English trendan; akin to Middle High German trendel disk, spinning top

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19 Feb 2021

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“Trend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of 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


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Kids Definition of trend

: general direction taken in movement or change a down trend in the business new trends in fashion

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