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

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

Examples from the Web for trends

Contemporary Examples of trends

Historical Examples of trends

  • I stood on the high coast of Kepler Land where it trends southward.

    The Blindman's World

    Edward Bellamy

  • They were first thought of by historians as tendencies and trends.

  • These two trends are not mutually exclusive as is widely and erroneously believed.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • The trends are global, the reaction is world-wide because the problem is global.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • But if Western trends are anything to go by, this is a temporary state of affairs.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

British Dictionary definitions for trends



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 trends



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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