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[trend] /trɛnd/
the general course or prevailing tendency; drift:
trends in the teaching of foreign languages; the trend of events.
style or vogue:
the new trend in women's apparel.
the general direction followed by a road, river, coastline, or the like.
verb (used without object)
to have a general tendency, as events, conditions, etc.
to tend to take a particular direction; extend in some direction indicated.
to emerge as a popular trend; be currently popular:
words that have trended this year.
Digital Technology. to be widely mentioned or discussed on the Internet, especially in posts on social-media websites:
news stories that are trending online.
to veer or turn off in a specified direction, as a river, mountain range, etc.:
The river trends toward the southeast.
Origin of trend
before 1000; Middle English trenden to turn, roll, Old English trendan; akin to Old English trinde ball, Dutch trent circumference, Swedish trind round. See trindle, trundle
Related forms
countertrend, noun
subtrend, noun
1. See tendency. 5. stretch, run, incline. Unabridged
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  • Technician Natt Roberts entered, a book in hand, and sent the trend of conversation in a new direction.

    Adaptation Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Before Cleveland was inaugurated the trend was noticed and attacked.

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
  • On the other hand, in the late Mousterian we observe a trend toward the blade (lame) industry of the Upper Palolithic.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • He saw the trend of affairs and felt that something had to be done to stem the tide.

    The Hindered Hand Sutton E. Griggs
  • He knew enough of the trend of Cherokee thought to be prescient of the fate of the scapegoat.

    The Frontiersmen Charles Egbert Craddock
British Dictionary definitions for trend


general tendency or direction
fashion; mode
verb (intransitive)
to take a certain trend
Word Origin
Old English trendan to turn; related to Middle Low German trenden
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Word Origin and History for trend

1590s, "to run or bend in a certain direction" (of rivers, coasts, etc.), from Middle English trenden "to roll about, turn, revolve," from Old English trendan, from Proto-Germanic *trandijanan (cf. Old English trinde "round lump, ball," Old Frisian trind, Middle Low German trint "round," Middle Low German trent "ring, boundary," Dutch trent "circumference," Danish trind "round"); origin and connections outside Germanic uncertain. Sense of "have a general tendency" (used of events, opinions, etc.) is first recorded 1863, from the nautical sense. Related: Trended; trending.


"the way something bends" (coastline, mountain range, etc.), 1777, from trend (v.); sense of "general tendency" is from 1884.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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