trend

[trend]

noun

verb (used without object)


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 formscoun·ter·trend, nounsub·trend, noun

Synonyms for trend

Synonym study

1. See tendency.
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Contemporary Examples of trend

Historical Examples of trend

  • 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 man checked the trend of his thoughts by a mighty effort of will.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Quite egotistically she attributed to herself the trend of his friendship.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • John Porter viewed this trend with no little trepidation of feeling.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser



British Dictionary definitions for trend

trend

noun

general tendency or direction
fashion; mode

verb (intr)

to take a certain trend

Word Origin for trend

Old English trendan to turn; related to Middle Low German trenden
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Word Origin and History for trend
v.

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.

n.

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

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