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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 In contrast, the below average lightning trend in Florida continued throughout the 2nd half of the year, resulting in 30 percent less lightning compared to last year. Fox News, "This state is America’s 'lightning king'," 9 Jan. 2020 Here's a look at the latest in crimson dials, the hot color trend in status watches. 1. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, "Red Watch Alert: 8 Timepieces To Pair With a Maroon Tux," 9 Jan. 2020 Most research on long-term trends in interest rates relies on data from the past century. The Economist, "Capital in the 14th century New research suggests that secular stagnation is centuries old," 9 Jan. 2020 The sharp, blunt, chin-skimming length is on track to be the accessory of 2020 — and the Golden Globes red carpet has solidified the hair trend in spades. Megan Decker,, "How 7 Celebs Styled The Same Haircut For The 2020 Golden Globes," 6 Jan. 2020 Are pop culture bar rebrands a growing trend in Dallas? Erin Booke, Dallas News, "Dunder Whiplin: Dallas bar transforming into a tribute to ‘The Office’," 3 Jan. 2020 Case in point: In the mid-2000s, a red-light camera at an intersection in Loma Linda, Calif., was reliably spitting out an average of 249 tickets every month, with no downward trend in violations. Kevin Flynn, The Denver Post, "Kevin Flynn: Fines don’t stop red-light runners, but fixing engineering flaws does," 31 Dec. 2019 But the biggest fintech trend in Africa has roots in China. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "The biggest trends in African tech and startups in 2019," 30 Dec. 2019 That project, which launched the food hall trend in Houston, will close on New Year’s Eve. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Ambitious new food hall projects slated for EaDo, Galleria and Midtown," 29 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The '80s are back in a big way in the fashion world, with puffed sleeves, satin, and bright colors currently trending. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Joey King Wore an All-Blue Outfit and It’s Giving Us Major Cinderella Vibes," 9 Jan. 2020 Liz Skalka of the Toledo Blade interviewed voters and candidates there to get an on-the-ground feel for how the county is trending politically this year. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "Ohio elections officials prepare for possible Iran cyberattacks: Capitol Letter," 9 Jan. 2020 Reach trending reporter Emma Austin at or 502-582-4180. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "It's the 'Year of Music'! Here's what some of Kentucky's top artists are doing in 2020," 9 Jan. 2020 Shortly after the announcement, social media users were quick to criticize the lack of diversity, leading to the hashtag #BAFTAsSoWhite trending on Twitter. Chevaz Clarke, CBS News, "BAFTA Awards slammed for "infuriating" lack of diversity in nominations," 8 Jan. 2020 In partnership with the program’s bakers, GSUSA starts by doing a market assessment and looking into flavors that could be popular or trending with consumers. Rachel King, Fortune, "What Goes Into the Production of a New Girl Scout Cookie Brand," 7 Jan. 2020 Both Morgan-Grenville and Lavery endorse Nihi Sumba, now famous as the site of Jennifer Lawrence’s recent honeymoon, as the go-to sport when vacationing on the upwardly trending island. Brandon Presser, Harper's BAZAAR, "Where to Honeymoon in 2020," 6 Jan. 2020 This triggered a spike in oil and gold prices, and set World War III trending on Twitter. Rashmee Roshan Lall, Quartz, "Iran’s Qasem Soleimani matters in death as much as in life," 3 Jan. 2020 Consider this list of 2020 beauty trends a place to start. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "10 Beauty Trends That'll Be Everywhere in 2020," 2 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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The first known use of trend was in 1598

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14 Jan 2020

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“Trend.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 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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