emerging as a popular trend: trending fashion accessories.
widely mentioned or discussed on the Internet, especially on social media websites: trending topics on Twitter.

Origin of trending




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 formscoun·ter·trend, nounsub·trend, noun

Synonyms for trend

Synonym study

1. See tendency. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for trending

Contemporary Examples of trending

Historical Examples of trending

  • But, trending to the right, we got into Canonbury, of which there are only Travellers' Tales.

    The House of Souls

    Arthur Machen

  • Better than all, the heavy gold seemed to be trending in their direction.


    B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon

  • They had not had the least idea of the way Townsend's talk was trending.

  • We have a way of trending on problematical subjects, have we not?

    The Tree of Knowledge

    Mrs. Baillie Reynolds

  • She knew, of course, how matters were trending, and that she had only to hold up a finger.

British Dictionary definitions for trending



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 trending



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.

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