\ˈtrend \

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for trend

Synonyms: Noun

buzz, chic, craze, dernier cri, enthusiasm, fad, fashion, flavor, go, hot ticket, last word, latest, mode, rage, sensation, style, ton, vogue

Synonyms: Verb

arc, arch, bend, bow, crook, curve, fall off, hook, round, sweep, swerve, wheel

Antonyms: 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


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

Jimmy Fallon and Tony Hawk have both joined, using the app to participate in current trends to try to connect with a larger audience. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Jimmy Fallon and Tony Hawk are on board," 15 Nov. 2018 Precipitation is naturally variable in this area, but there are some relevant climate trends that can’t be ignored. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "What is going on with California’s horrific fires?," 13 Nov. 2018 By our nature, human beings are always searching for something new: the newest app, newest book, newest trend. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Is Sex Better in Hotel Rooms?," 5 Nov. 2018 Whether anyone else picks up on the trend still remains to be seen. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Motorola Backs the Right to Repair with Kits for Your Phone," 24 Oct. 2018 The tradition of using the Lindo Wing for royal births appears to date back to the ultimate royal trend-setter, Princess Anne, who gave birth to both of her children, Peter and Zara Phillips there. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About the Royal-Approved Maternity Ward, The Lindo Wing," 15 Oct. 2018 Other trends are trickling over into holidays, too: Just look at how zombie and pilgrim flamingo lawn ornaments have taken Halloween and Thanksgiving! Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Mermaid Skeletons Are Here to Make a Splash This Halloween," 10 Oct. 2018 Privacy - Terms What’s interesting is the Royals remain in the top five among 29 baseball teams in local market ratings (except Toronto, because Nielsen doesn’t track Canadian viewership trends). Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "Royals’ TV ratings drop but remain among baseball’s best," 12 July 2018 Rice has caught up to the farm-to-table trend, and the digital economy provides Southern rice producers access to markets far beyond their region. Osayi Endolyn, WSJ, "Why Chefs Are Elevating Rice to Star Ingredient Status," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After climbing for most of the past two years, U.S. exports have trended down since May. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, "Global Economy Shows Strain as U.S. Steams Ahead," 14 Nov. 2018 But Tanzania has, in recent years, trended toward more persecution of gay communities, not less. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Tanzania’s anti-gay crackdown is sending people into hiding," 9 Nov. 2018 Overwater bungalows, first introduced in Tahiti and modeled on traditional fishing structures, are trending in hotel design from the Maldives to Southeast Asia. Cynthia Drescher, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Everyone Is Suddenly Traveling to Tahiti," 9 Nov. 2018 Baby bangs—that is, fringe cut intentionally shorter than your eyebrows—have been trending since the beginning of the year. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kaia Gerber Just Debuted Baby Bangs On The Miu Miu Runway," 2 Oct. 2018 Since dad sneakers are heavily trending, it's a given that Adidas has also tapped into this market and chosen Kylie as its main face to rep the new shoes. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner's Adidas Falcon Sneakers Will Be in Stock This Week," 4 Sep. 2018 During the last day or so, forecast models have trended toward a more northward track that would bring Lane westward, then northwestward, before turning due north toward the Hawaiian Islands by Thursday or Friday. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Hurricane Lane likely to skirt Hawaiian islands, but flooding probable [Updated]," 22 Aug. 2018 More than just a pretty package, luxury candles are also serious money-makers, with sales totaling $89 million in 2017 and trending growth of more than 150 percent, according to the NPD Group. Kaitlin Clark, Curbed, "A beginner’s guide to decorating with candles," 23 July 2018 Baseball is going to trend back to the good old-fashioned baseball player. Mark Gonzales,, "Cubs manager Joe Maddon emphasizes 'good old-fashioned baseball' in meeting," 15 July 2018

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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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