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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: 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 Looking at that relationship between energy’s weight and the oil price over the long term reveals a sobering trend for the industry. Washington Post, "Even Boone Pickens Is Falling Out of Love With Oil," 18 Sep. 2019 Since then, Beijing and Taipei have competed to gain economic opportunities and diplomatic support from governments around the world -- with the trend very much in China's favor. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Taiwan accuses China of trying to sway elections after losing yet another ally," 17 Sep. 2019 To add to the oversized trend, Porter wore a large black bow on top of his head. Katie Intner,, "Billy Porter Had the Most Fun at London Fashion Week, Wearing 12 Different Outfits in 3 Days," 17 Sep. 2019 The phrase was coined by social researcher Mark McCrindle, founder of marketing and trend forecasting firm, McCrindle. Wired, "Marketers Wanted a New Generation to Target, Hence Alphas," 17 Sep. 2019 The retailer once had a trend-spotting office in Manhattan and bought ads in Vogue magazine in 2005 for its urban-themed Metro 7 line, but couldn’t convince its shoppers to buy the edgier items. Matthew Boyle, Fortune, "Walmart Takes a New Turn at Being More Fashionable," 17 Sep. 2019 The burst in injuries mirrors San Francisco’s jump in traffic fatalities, while also reflecting a national trend. Rachel Swan,, "Surge of critical injuries on SF’s streets mirrors spike in fatalities," 16 Sep. 2019 Research summarised by Future Climate Africa (FCA), a research consortium, points to two trends. The Economist, "Climate change is making it harder to reduce poverty in Malawi," 16 Sep. 2019 If the trend holds, the toll would rise to 130 — a 47 percent increase over last year’s total of 90 deaths. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Painful lesson of late Jake Palet: Helping, hurting can go hand-in-hand," 16 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Fox News breaking/trending news producer Nicole Darrah and reporter Phil Keating contributed to this report. Fox News, "Authorities say bodies of four children found after slain mom; husband is being questioned," 17 Sep. 2019 Oil prices were holding steady/trending lower Oil began the year at about $47 a barrel for West Texas Intermediate crude, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Look for 12 to 15 cent per gallon increase in metro Milwaukee gas prices as a result of Saudi Arabia attack," 16 Sep. 2019 Check out our weekly round-up of what’s trending in travel right now. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Trending In Travel: Bogus Yacht Trips, WOW Returns, $400 Flights to Indonesia, And More!," 16 Sep. 2019 To celebrate Bangtan’s return, the BTS ARMY took to Twitter with the hashtag #BTSisBack, which trended at no. 1 shortly after. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "BTS Has Returned From Their Extended Break, Reportedly to Film a Reality Show," 16 Sep. 2019 But while the Patriots are trending older, the rest of the NFL is getting younger., "The result was about as bad as it gets in the NFL, especially for a coaching debut. The 49-point margin of defeat was tied for the fifth-biggest blowout of this century.," 15 Sep. 2019 But even amid the rebuilding, the parking ticket count is trending still lower this year, Kuhn said, continuing a multiyear trend. Andrew Kenney, The Denver Post, "Denver is handing out fewer parking tickets – like it or not," 14 Sep. 2019 Southern Harrison County in Indiana is in a moderate drought as well, and Clark and Harrison counties are each considered to be abnormally dry, which means conditions could be trending toward a drought (or, in some cases, coming out of a drought). Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Blazing heat. No rain. Louisville is in the midst of a moderate drought," 13 Sep. 2019 While an adult may see a trending challenge like this and think about what could go wrong by gluing your face together, a teen will focus on how all their friends are participating in this stunt and ignore the obvious dangers. Christina Oehler,, "Teens Are Gluing Their Lips for an Internet Challenge—Here's Why That's a Bad Idea," 13 Sep. 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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