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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

current, direction, drift, leaning, run, tendency, tide, wind

Synonyms: Verb

incline, lean, run, tend

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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


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


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

Analysts think the Fed will hold off on rate increases until the second half of 2019 because of recent inflation trends and an uncertain global economic outlook. Harriet Torry, WSJ, "Gauge of Business Prices Ticked Down at Start of 2019," 14 Feb. 2019 Together, the duo have a skincare line, co-host the Dr. and Mrs. Guinea Pig podcast, and developed a diet plan that ranked as the second most popular diet search trend of 2018. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "Everything You Need to Know About the Dubrow Diet," 29 Jan. 2019 It’s more important to pay attention to the greater trends and not obsess over the details of the day to day changes. SELF, "How Can You Tell if Therapy Is Actually Working?," 11 Dec. 2018 Welcome to Fav’d For Later, a Friday roundup of our favorite memes, trends, and all-around good internet content. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "This week’s best from the web," 30 Nov. 2018 Now, see all the coolest hair-color trends from the past century: Follow Allure on Instagram and Twitter, or subscribe to our newsletter for daily beauty stories delivered right to your inbox. Wendy Sy, Allure, "Lupita Nyong'o Wore a "'Fro Bow," and It Might Be Our Favorite Hairstyle From Her Yet," 20 Mar. 2019 Given fashion's ongoing love affair with the ugly shoe trend, the timing of Valentino's collaboration with Birkenstock is perfect. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Valentino Birkenstocks Are Now Available to Shop for $495," 27 Feb. 2019 It was judged old-fashioned—out of touch with social trends, conventional in form and naive in its attempts to universalize identity. Paula Marantz Cohen, WSJ, "Arthur Miller’s ‘Everyman’ Is an Antidote to Identity Politics," 22 Feb. 2019 Expert analysis points to a more complex, multi-layered series of overlapping trends, with unpredictable results, as opposed to a few strong narratives. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "The 10 top emerging trends that will shape real estate in 2019," 10 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There are a bunch of hues trending for spring, including copper penny (think Emma Stone), baby blonde (like on Miley Cyrus), and warm brunette (hello, Constance Wu). Elizabeth Denton, Allure, "Ash Mauve Hair Is the Smoky New Hair-Color Trend For Spring," 5 Apr. 2019 Liam Doesn't Include Zayn in 1D Post Liam Payne got really excited when fans made #OneDirectionBestFans the number one trending topic worldwide on Twitter. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Are the One Direction Guys Still Friends With One Another?," 11 Mar. 2019 Feminine but chic, in the Off-White lexicon, is not quite the polished bourgeois attitude that trended elsewhere in Paris, but a savvy conceal-reveal proposition that puts women in charge. Amanda Brooks, Vogue, "The Making of Off-White’s Fall 2019 Show," 15 Mar. 2019 The widespread hysteria around the album caused it to trend on Twitter, racking up millions of tweets in mere hours, tweets that were filled with praise from fans and fellow artists alike. Phillip Henry, Teen Vogue, "Five Years Later, Beyoncé's Surprise Album Is Still One of the Most Important Moments in Music," 13 Dec. 2018 Jen, owner of Urban Sprouts—a boutique plant shop in downtown Renton, WA—and author of The Inspired Houseplant: Transform Your Home with Indoor Plants shared some intel on the plants that are trending for this spring. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "6 Trendy Houseplants You'll Be Seeing Everywhere This Spring," 5 Mar. 2019 The lender’s mortgage-banking fees, trending lower before the acquisition, jumped in the final half of last year. Servicing revenue made up 41% of all mortgage-banking fees last quarter, up from 21% in the year-earlier period. Ben Eisen, WSJ, "The Hot Trade in the Housing Market: Servicing Your Mortgage," 13 Feb. 2019 Of course, some of them are a stretch, but a few actually have merit—like a theory currently trending on Reddit about Jon Snow's statue from the trailer. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Game of Thrones Fans Think Jon Snow's Statue in the Season 8 Trailer Reveals a Huge Clue," 15 Jan. 2019 The post was among thousands with hashtags related to Ms. Alqunun or the guardianship system that have trended on Twitter in Saudi Arabia since her case exploded into public view this week. Michael Amon, WSJ, "Saudi Woman’s Asylum Plea Jumpstarts Opposition to Restrictive Law," 11 Jan. 2019

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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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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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