- 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 trends
The CAP paper estimates that if current trends continue unabated, overtime pay will disappear entirely by 2026.It’s Always Black Friday for Clerks
November 28, 2014
These trends will affect everything from geography to culture and politics.
In the coming decades, these trends could grow, particularly as economic and population growth slow.
Supporters of the president argue these trends are inevitable and the Stimulus made a terrible situation better.What the GOP Will Do If It Wins Congress
October 3, 2014
From the refined attire at Lincoln Center to the avant-garde dress downtown, we spotted many of the big 2014 trends.New York Fashion Week's Style on the Streets
September 11, 2014
I stood on the high coast of Kepler Land where it trends southward.The Blindman's World
They were first thought of by historians as tendencies and trends.Introduction to the Science of Sociology
Robert E. Park
These two trends are not mutually exclusive as is widely and erroneously believed.
The trends are global, the reaction is world-wide because the problem is global.
But if Western trends are anything to go by, this is a temporary state of affairs.
- general tendency or direction
- fashion; mode
- to take a certain trend
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.