- 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.
- 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
Synonyms for trend
- general tendency or direction
- fashion; mode
- to take a certain trend
Word Origin 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.