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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

The future looks wetter, too The trend is projected to continue. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's climate: Models project 30% increase in rain and snow, plus rising temps," 13 June 2019 Sherman said a weakness of the study is that its can't fully control for independent factors that may be adding to the trend. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Increasing red meat consumption tied to higher risk of early death, study says," 13 June 2019 However, there does come a time when the trends of the moment offer up a fun refresh for your denim arsenal. Dominique Hobdy, Essence, "Take Your Summer Denim Up a Notch With These Key Pieces," 13 June 2019 If the current of life takes you into new, unexplored areas, do not fight the trend but allow yourself to be carried forward., "Horoscope," 13 June 2019 Berlin traditionally has fought the trend by trying to control rents. Leonid Bershidsky, Twin Cities, "Leonid Bershidsky: Traffic jams are a sign of income inequality," 12 June 2019 Thanks to body-positive bloggers and influencers, the reality of stretch marks and the trend to show them off has become increasingly accepted across social media. Christina Oehler,, "This Woman Is Showing Off Her Stretch Marks to Prove They Don’t Require an Explanation," 12 June 2019 Everyone Is Launching Subscription Services, or Getting Into the Cloud The biggest trends of the show so far are definitely subscription services and the cloud. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "The Biggest News You Missed at E3 So Far," 11 June 2019 Millennials are also driving the trend toward ethically sourced and produced engagement rings like synthetic diamonds, diamonds grown in labs mimicking the natural growth process. Mandy Behbehani,, "How to choose a lab-grown diamond," 10 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

From Dionne and Cher, to Lucy and Ethel, to Meredith and Cristina, best friends will always be trending in pop culture., "32 TV & Movie Quotes That Are SO You & Your BFF," 15 June 2019 Credit growth, which rebounded strongly early in the year as panicked policy makers dialed back their crackdown on shadow banking, has more or less trended sideways since March. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Juice for China’s Economy Is Coming," 14 June 2019 Otherwise skies trend partly cloudy as a breeze picks up from the west and lows dip to the 50s to near 60. Dan Stillman, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Another enjoyable June day, with some rain tonight," 12 June 2019 Even his defense was trending up after a terrific catch to end Game 4 of the American League Championship Series last fall. Peter Abraham,, "That’s more like it from Red Sox’ Andrew Benintendi," 12 June 2019 By this morning, discussion of the Zuckerberg deepfake was trending on Twitter. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Deepfake Video of Mark Zuckerberg Goes Viral on Eve of House A.I. Hearing," 12 June 2019 Now in a full-time MENCS ride, Hemric is trending in the right direction after five top-20 finishes in his last seven races and a breakthrough to a top-25 place in the points. Jason Hoffman,, "A month away from the Quaker State 400, something different brewing at Kentucky Speedway," 12 June 2019 Check out our weekly round-up of what’s trending in travel right now, below. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Trending In Travel: Instagram Bathrooms, Scary Pools, $300 Flights to Spain and More!," 11 June 2019 The hashtag #BTSxAZ, which is trending as fans in Phoenix take to Twitter to beg the band BTS to make an Arizona stop on their current world tour: Love Yourself Speak Yourself. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "BTS fans in Phoenix beg for a K Pop concert with #BTSxAZ on Twitter," 7 June 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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The first known use of trend was in 1598

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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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