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trend

noun \ ˈtrend \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of trend

1 a : 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

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.

Recent Examples of trend from the Web

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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

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trend

verb

Definition of trend

intransitive verb
1 a : to show a tendency : incline
  • prices trending upward
b : to become deflected : shift
  • opinions trending toward conservatism
2 a : 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

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

Recent Examples of trend from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of trend

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

trend Synonyms

Synonyms
incline, run, tend, lean
Antonyms
straighten
Related Words
go, gravitate; indicate, point, suggest
Near Antonyms
avoid, shun, shy (from or away from)

TREND Defined for English Language Learners

trend

noun

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

trend

noun \ ˈtrend \

Definition of trend for Students

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


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