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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 for trend

Synonyms: Noun

current, direction, drift, leaning, run, tendency, tide, wind

Synonyms: Verb

incline, lean, run, tend

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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


the downward trend of the stock market Digital technology is the latest trend in television. There is a disturbing trend toward obesity in children.


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 Patriots picked up defensive lineman Michael Bennett and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, who fit right into their trend of squeezing extra years out of players who were stars elsewhere. Los Angeles Times, "AFC East preview: Will Le’Veon Bell turn the Jets into a division title contender?," 3 Sep. 2019 And that also won’t reverse a trend of high-velocity pitchers far more determined to miss bats rather than pitch to contact: The average fastball is now around 93 mph, up from 90.9 just 11 years ago. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "MLB's efforts to speed up play run into reality of modern game: 'It's not going to happen'," 3 Sep. 2019 The growing trend of raising chickens and other poultry for eggs and companionship is linked to an outbreak that has sickened people in 49 states, according to federal health officials. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Salmonella illnesses tied to backyard poultry flocks surpass 1,000 cases in 49 states," 2 Sep. 2019 And this troublesome trend of economic immobility continues. Maureen Conway, Quartz, "What kind of future of work will we choose for America’s working families?," 2 Sep. 2019 Kentucky’s sophomore linebacker reversed the torpid trend of the Wildcats’ season opener Saturday afternoon by forcing a fumble on Toledo’s first play of the third quarter, and then delivering a drive-killing sack on the Rockets’ next possession. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky football's Josh Paschal out of cancer treatment, back to creating turnovers," 31 Aug. 2019 Some attribute the trend of drug companies charging very high prices to the Affordable Care Act, the federal law that banned lifetime caps and annual limits on patients’ coverage. New York Times, "The $6 Million Drug Claim," 25 Aug. 2019 With Turgeon’s team trying to reverse a trend of collapsing down the stretch, this could be the part of the schedule that will most determine what kind of seed Maryland winds up in the Big Ten tournament and NCAA tournament. Don Markus,, "Three takeaways from Maryland’s Big Ten men’s basketball schedule," 23 Aug. 2019 Swift has never released an album with this many songs (18), following the trend of tentpole albums getting longer and looonger to maximize earning opportunities and juke streaming milestones. Jonny Coleman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: Taylor Swift's Sunny 'Lover' Plays it Safe," 23 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In recent years, the NFL has been trending away from playing starters much at all during the preseason. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Colts plan to rest starters as Week 3 ‘dress rehearsal game’ fades away," 21 Aug. 2019 In an off-off year, with no presidential or gubernatorial races on the ticket to drive turnout, Democrats have to stir up voter interest in close suburban districts that have been trending blue. Washington Post, "National gun control group launches campaign against suburban Republicans in Virginia," 21 Aug. 2019 Things have been trending that way since the spring. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "With Sean Mannion likely to be Vikings’ backup QB, Mike Zimmer shrugs off Kyle Sloter’s gaudy preseason stats," 20 Aug. 2019 One reason bonds yields have been trending down is almost all bond buyers have been buying more over the years, especially foreign investors. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "Interest rates on government bonds are nearing record lows. Here’s why," 10 Aug. 2019 Bam Adebayo has been trending in this direction with his perimeter game, with all that additional practice making such shots closer to perfect. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Is One Last Dance 2.0 on the way?," 10 Aug. 2019 Bam Adebayo has been trending in this direction with his perimeter game, with all that additional practice making such shots closer to perfect. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Is Udonis Haslem returning . . . to play?," 7 Aug. 2019 Mariota has been trending in the wrong direction the past two seasons., "Is Marcus Mariota’s future in doubt? 10 questions for the Tennessee Titans as training camp opens," 30 July 2019 The district has been trending Democratic for several election cycles, and Allred made Sessions' opposition to the Affordable Care Act an issue in the campaign. Gromer Jeffers Jr., Dallas News, "Retired Navy Seal, Republican Floyd McLendon challenging Democrat Colin Allred for Congress," 29 July 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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