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Definition of trend

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The trend is so widespread that CultureMap Houston's Tastemaker Awards debuted a new category for pop-ups last year. Michaela Heidemann, Chron, 6 May 2022 Now, it should be noted, that some of these indicators are still underwater, with more teens saying that stress has gotten worse than has gotten better, but the trend is in a positive direction. Mike Mcshane, Forbes, 5 May 2022 The trend is a reversal of fortunes for Chegg, whose business thrived during the pandemic as at-home learning took off and disposable income soared due to government stimulus programs. Dean Seal, WSJ, 3 May 2022 In fact, the trend in recent years for new construction has been to eliminate requirements for parking spaces altogether. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 May 2022 The trend is a difficult one to pull off, but one that a handful of celebrities have dared to try. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 2 May 2022 The trend is truly for everyone, from nail-art aficionados with the patience and level hand to paint sunflower designs exactly to your liking to anyone who's looking for a quick and easy stick-and-go recommendation. Talia Gutierrez, Allure, 30 Apr. 2022 The trend in the NFL is that quarterback, wide receiver and tight end matter most on offense while pass rushers, corners and safeties matter most on defense. Jason Hoffman, The Enquirer, 29 Apr. 2022 Perhaps because of the lasting influence of Tim and Eric, the trend in sketch comedy has been for scenes to get absurd quickly. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Absent global controls, plastic production continues to trend upward; by the end of the decade, it is projected to hit 600 million metric tons a year, and 800 million metric tons by 2040. Rebecca Altman, The Atlantic, 15 Mar. 2022 While the number of new cases and hospitalizations continues to trend downward, there remained 1,306 county residents admitted to the region’s non-military hospitals with confirmed or suspected to be fighting COVID-19 Tuesday. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Feb. 2022 The Bod Catsuits were the story one year ago and second-skin menswear continues to trend. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 1 Feb. 2022 However, if emissions continue to increase, nations remain divided on climate goals and temperatures soar by nearly 5 degrees Celsius by century’s end, marine biodiversity would start to trend toward rates observed in previous mass extinctions. NBC News, 28 Apr. 2022 Instead of asking brand ambassador Tony Hawk for social media posts, Fass and his team asked for his blood and used it to paint and market a limited series of skateboards, leading the brand to trend on Twitter for a week. Seth Matlins, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 After the Supernatural star had to cancel his appearance at a fan convention in New Jersey last week, fans started speculating about his absence, even getting the hashtag #WeLoveYouJaredPadalecki to trend following the announcement. Samantha Highfill,, 25 Apr. 2022 In the meantime, the White House has sounded increasingly dire notes about the country’s ability to respond to the pandemic, especially as case counts again trend upward nationally. Tony Romm, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Apr. 2022 Newer Indian restaurants tend to have modern decor, but the new Antique Indian Restaurant on the southwest side bucks that trend, with traditional decor and table settings. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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