- 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
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Examples from the Web for trend
But Republican and Democratic parties have made efforts to reverse that trend.Asian-Americans Are The New Florida
January 8, 2015
The trend is particularly concentrated in the coastal states where women are wealthier, more educated, and more liberal.Men Will Someday Have Kids Without Women
January 3, 2015
Nevetheless, Democratic rule has not only failed to halt the trend, but appears to have accelerated it.Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats
December 21, 2014
It also demonstrated that the so-called “trend” of natural went beyond trend.Goodbye To A Natural Hair Guru: Miss Jessie's Cofounder Titi Branch Dead At 45
December 16, 2014
I hope that there is a trend away from the kind of “click-bait” type of essay that you often see on the Internet.Meghan Daum On Tackling The Unspeakable Parts Of Life
December 6, 2014
His life has been that of his century—progressive, liberal, humanitarian in its trend.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Which is, I suppose, the trend we are following, even if we follow it unconsciously.The Conquest of Fear
The man checked the trend of his thoughts by a mighty effort of will.Within the Law
Quite egotistically she attributed to herself the trend of his friendship.
John Porter viewed this trend with no little trepidation of feeling.
- general tendency or direction
- fashion; mode
- to take a certain trend
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.