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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: 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 Uncertainty about safety and necessity of vaccines, along with general mistrust of the pharmaceutical industry, has led to this recent trend, the study said. Dr. Yalda Safai, ABC News, "One-third of parents are delaying giving vaccines to their children: Study," 22 Feb. 2020 If the trend continues, the city projects that that number could reach 29 million by 2025—quite a sum for a metropolis that's home to fewer than one million inhabitants. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "What Amsterdam’s war on the rubber duckie says about global tourism," 22 Feb. 2020 Data on the health of the services and manufacturing sectors for Germany, France and the United States due Friday is only expected to confirm this trend. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Is Morgan Stanley paying too much for E*Trade?," 21 Feb. 2020 This trend also can be witnessed in the functioning of political parties specially devoted to the Muslim question such as Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen and the Welfare Party of India. Sharik Laliwala, Quartz India, "Facing bias, India’s Muslims are rallying behind its secular constitution, not radical Islam," 20 Feb. 2020 Powerful forces are driving this trend—probably too powerful to be counteracted with a dollop of public money. The Economist, "Public transport The paradox of Britain’s buses," 15 Feb. 2020 The Guardian writer Sirin Kale looks at this trend and argues it's rife with pseudo-science. Halley Bondy, NBC News, "8 inspiring must-reads for your weekend," 14 Feb. 2020 Texas Parks and Wildlife, the Borderlands Research Institute, the Trans-Pecos Pronghorn Working Group and other groups are committed to reversing this trend. Matt Wyatt,, "Airlifts have Texas pronghorn on the rise," 13 Feb. 2020 But what many people may not know is that this trend stems directly from K-pop fandom, and means something pretty different. Natalie Morin,, "Thirsty “Fancams” Are Taking Over Twitter & We Have K-Pop To Thank," 13 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Even as new alarms were sounded elsewhere in Asia, officials in China, where the vast majority of cases have occurred, have expressed optimism that the number of new infections has been trending downward. Fox News, "Sen. Cotton on coronavirus: 'China is carefully managing the flow of information'," 23 Feb. 2020 Virtual restaurants have been trending in markets like Los Angeles, Austin, Texas and Chicago for years. Matt Wake |, al, "There’s a new must-do sandwich in Huntsville," 18 Feb. 2020 Investor savings rates have been trending higher in part because employers are automatically increasing their contributions., "Boston-New York seaplane service gets the go-ahead," 13 Feb. 2020 On Naver, a popular South Korean search engine, search terms related to the movie and Bong Joon-ho dominated throughout Monday, eclipsing terms related to the novel coronavirus that had been trending prior to the Oscars. Soo Jin Kim, Time, "Historic Oscars Win for Parasite Sparks Jubilation in South Korea," 11 Feb. 2020 Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former New York City mayor, has been trending upward in national polls for the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Michael Bloomberg's Self-Funded 2020 Presidential Campaign Is Bad for Democracy," 30 Jan. 2020 Ahn Young-Joon/Associated Press In Japan, the hashtag #ChineseDon’tComeToJapan has been trending on Twitter. Motoko Rich, New York Times, "As Coronavirus Spreads, So Does Anti-Chinese Sentiment," 30 Jan. 2020 The wonderfully impractical accessory has been trending on all platforms since its launch in 2017. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Bella Hadid Wore the Jacquemus It-Bag Every Fashion Influencer is Obsessed With," 21 Jan. 2020 First, both are in districts where Trump struggled relative to other Republican presidential candidates and that have been trending more Democratic., "A second term for Donald Trump? Michigan is at the center of the political universe," 9 Jan. 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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25 Feb 2020

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“Trend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce trend (audio)

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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