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: a prevailing tendency or inclination : drift
current trends in education
: a general movement : swing
the trend toward suburban living
: a current style or preference : vogue
new fashion trends
: 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
: a line of general direction or movement
the trend of the coast turned toward the west


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trended; trending; trends

intransitive verb

: to show a tendency : incline
prices trending upward
: to become deflected : shift
opinions trending toward conservatism
: to extend in a general direction : follow a general course
mountain ranges trending north and south
: to veer in a new direction : bend
a coastline that trends westward
: to generate or attract a lot of interest or attention especially online and in social media
a trending news story
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Choose the Right Synonym for trend

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
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Confidence: Medium-High A look ahead Sunny skies stick around Tuesday with temperatures trending a few degrees warmer. Molly Robey, Washington Post, 18 Feb. 2024 The average price of tickets sold for Inter Miami’s seven away games in the Top 10 most in-demand games is trending twice as high as the average price of tickets sold for their three home games in the top 10. Michelle Kaufman, Miami Herald, 17 Feb. 2024 Attending a function that offers insight into what’s trending in the open job market will spark your interest. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, 17 Feb. 2024 Keep scrolling to see all the other leggings shoppers have been buying recently, then check out what other fashion essentials are trending on Amazon right now. Isabel Garcia, Peoplemag, 16 Feb. 2024 Nonetheless, Ohtani is still trending toward being available on opening day. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2024 Ideal working hours are context dependent, but the ideal is trending down. Melissa A. Wheeler, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 Screenshots, story links and anything else trending on online involving NBA trade rumors about at least one member or the Charlotte Hornets haven’t made their way in his direction yet. Roderick Boone, Charlotte Observer, 6 Feb. 2024 So as part of Expedia’s Northern Lights Guide, the travel booking site has revealed its top 10 trending northern lights destinations. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 6 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


circa 1777, in the meaning defined at sense 3


1598, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Time Traveler
The first known use of trend was in 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Trend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
: to extend in a general direction
: to show a tendency : incline


2 of 2 noun
: general direction taken
the easterly trend of the shoreline
: a general tendency or movement
economic trends
: a current style or liking
new fashion trends

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