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


  1. the general course or prevailing tendency; drift: trends in the teaching of foreign languages; the trend of events.
  2. style or vogue: the new trend in women's apparel.
  3. the general direction followed by a road, river, coastline, or the like.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to have a general tendency, as events, conditions, etc.
  2. to tend to take a particular direction; extend in some direction indicated.
  3. to emerge as a popular trend; be currently popular: words that have trended this year.
  4. Digital Technology. to be widely mentioned or discussed on the Internet, especially in posts on social media websites: news stories that are trending online.
  5. to veer or turn off in a specified direction, as a river, mountain range, etc.: The river trends toward the southeast.
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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


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1. See tendency.
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  • 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


  1. general tendency or direction
  2. fashion; mode
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verb (intr)
  1. to take a certain trend
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Word Origin

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.

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

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