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trend

noun

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1 a prevailing or general movement or inclination
  • according to the survey, there's a growing trend for companies to run their own day-care centers for the benefit of employees

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2 a practice or interest that is very popular for a short time
  • still had a coat from the last trend for fake fur, when the material lined everything from boots to coats to bracelets

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trend

verb

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1 to show a liking or proneness (for something)
  • during the winter our school system trends toward canceling school at the drop of a hat—or at least a snowflake

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2 to turn away from a straight line or course
  • the river trends east, then west again, forming an oxbow

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How is the word trend different from other nouns like it?

Some common synonyms of trend are current, drift, tendency, and tenor. While all these words mean "movement in a particular direction," trend applies to the general direction maintained by a winding or irregular course.

the long-term trend of the stock market is upward

When can current be used instead of trend?

In some situations, the words current and trend are roughly equivalent. However, current implies a clearly defined but not necessarily unalterable course.

an encounter that changed the current of my life

When is drift a more appropriate choice than trend?

The synonyms drift and trend are sometimes interchangeable, but drift may apply to a tendency determined by external forces, or it may apply to an underlying or obscure trend of meaning or discourse.

the drift of the population away from large cities

got the drift of her argument

When might tendency be a better fit than trend?

The words tendency and trend are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, tendency implies an inclination sometimes amounting to an impelling force.

a general tendency toward inflation

When is it sensible to use tenor instead of trend?

The meanings of tenor and trend largely overlap; however, tenor stresses a clearly perceptible direction and a continuous, undeviating course.

the tenor of the times

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The first known use of trend was in 1598

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“Trend.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/trend. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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