noun \ˈtrend\

Definition of trend

  1. 1a :  a prevailing tendency or inclination :  drift current trends in educationb :  a general movement :  swing the trend toward suburban livingc :  a current style or preference :  vogue new fashion trendsd :  a line of development :  approach new trends in cancer research

  2. 2 :  the general movement over time of a statistically detectable change; also :  a statistical curve reflecting such a change

  3. 3 :  a line of general direction or movement the trend of the coast turned toward the west

Examples of trend in a Sentence

  1. during the winter our school system trends toward canceling school at the drop of a hat—or at least a snowflake

  2. the river trends east, then west again, forming an oxbow

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First Known Use of trend

circa 1777

Synonym Discussion of 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




Definition of trend

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to show a tendency :  incline prices trending upwardb :  to become deflected :  shift opinions trending toward conservatism

  3. 2a :  to extend in a general direction :  follow a general course mountain ranges trending north and southb :  to veer in a new direction :  bend a coastline that trends westward

Examples of trend in a Sentence

  1. the downward trend of the stock market

  2. Digital technology is the latest trend in television.

  3. There is a disturbing trend toward obesity in children.

Origin and Etymology of trend

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

TREND Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of trend for English Language Learners

  • : 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

TREND Defined for Kids


noun \ˈtrend\

Definition of trend for Students

  1. :  general direction taken in movement or change a down trend in the business new trends in fashion

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