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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 The trend, the researchers say, shows people are already acting on their partisan views on climate change, suggesting Democrats are more likely to avoid buying certain homes because of concerns about sea level rise risks. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: More signs that climate legislation would be atop Biden agenda," 26 Oct. 2020 Luehrmann said the trend could be described as toxic polarization. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "US Republicans are starting to look a lot like authoritarian parties in Hungary and Turkey, study finds," 26 Oct. 2020 That’s when the sticker trend really picked up steam, Corcoran said. Marcia Greenwood, USA TODAY, "No more putting ‘I Voted’ stickers on Susan B. Anthony’s headstone in New York," 26 Oct. 2020 That reverses the trend from 2019, when the Wolverines' offense repeatedly turned the ball over during the first half of the season. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football stock watch: Gemon Green plays well in first start at CB," 26 Oct. 2020 Maybe the trend will change with their first trip to Los Angeles. Mark Heim |, al, "Jaguars vs. Chargers live stream (10/25): How to watch NFL Week 7 online, TV, time," 25 Oct. 2020 The trend has lasted for 45 days in Wyoming, 40 days in Idaho and more than a month in Alaska, New Mexico and Minnesota. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "Covid-19 Is Surging at Weddings, Dinner Parties and Group Events," 25 Oct. 2020 While the potential payout is greater, the trend also underscores the significant risks that have accompanied the Federal Reserve’s unprecedented efforts to shore up the economy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Sally Bakewell,, "The 40 in 60/40 Portfolios Is Getting Wilder and Wilder," 24 Oct. 2020 The reaction to this week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a Pennsylvania case that allowed an extra three days for ballots to arrive, as long as they were postmarked by Election Day, typifies the trend. Star Tribune, "Elections should be contentious, not voting," 23 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Thursday’s announcement has prompted outcry from teachers who fear returning to in-person classes while the city’s COVID-19 case counts are reaching new all-time highs and continue to trend upwards. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage School District plans to bring back pre-K through 2nd grade students next month," 16 Oct. 2020 That could be the result of people becoming complacent as the numbers begin to trend downward, resulting in another rise in infections, Margolius said. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Ohio’s record number of coronavirus cases may be start of fall surge, health experts say," 14 Oct. 2020 Two years later, in the 2018 midterms, some Obama-Trump communities continued to trend Republican, while others swung back toward the Democrats — as did the region as a whole. Craig Gilbert,, "Trump and Biden need to win Wisconsin. The swing state could be 2020 election 'tipping point'," 12 Oct. 2020 Futures for all three US indexes continued to trend lower in after-hours trading. Laura He, CNN, "Asian markets follow Wall Street lower as tech sell-off continues," 3 Sep. 2020 Deaths continue to trend downward, although the average is still around 700 per day, and fatalities are generally considered a lagging factor, usually rising weeks after cases climb. Tim O'donnell, TheWeek, "10 things you need to know today: October 10, 2020," 10 Oct. 2020 Temperatures trend slightly warmer Tuesday as winds come more from the northwest and west. Brian Jackson, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Staying sunny and cool before a warm-up midweek," 20 Sep. 2020 Yet even as some of the country’s most populous states report vast improvements, and as Northeastern states have kept new infections low, deaths continue to trend upward in 12 states and two territories. Marc Santora, New York Times, "‘We May Be Surprised Again’: An Unpredictable Pandemic Takes a Terrible Toll," 18 Sep. 2020 That number should trend higher as the full scope of data from viewership is released later in the day, but the early figures are a worrying sign for an advertisement-rich league that is dependent on fan engagement. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "NFL season kickoff ratings crushed as league grapples with social justice issues," 11 Sep. 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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28 Oct 2020

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“Trend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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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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