intransitive verb \ˈtrend\

Definition of TREND

a :  to extend in a general direction :  follow a general course <mountain ranges trending north and south>
b :  to veer in a new direction :  bend <a coastline that trends westward>
a :  to show a tendency :  incline <prices trending upward>
b :  to become deflected :  shift <opinions trending toward conservatism>

Origin of TREND

Middle English, to turn, revolve, from Old English trendan; akin to Middle High German trendel disk, spinning top
First Known Use: 1598

Related to TREND



: a general direction of change : a way of behaving, proceeding, etc., that is developing and becoming more common

: something that is currently popular or fashionable

Full Definition of TREND

:  a line of general direction or movement <the trend of the coast turned toward the west>
a :  a prevailing tendency or inclination :  drift <current trends in education>
b :  a general movement :  swing <the trend toward suburban living>
c :  a current style or preference :  vogue <new fashion trends>
d :  a line of development :  approach <new trends in cancer research>
:  the general movement over time of a statistically detectable change; also :  a statistical curve reflecting such a change

First Known Use of TREND

circa 1777

Synonym Discussion of TREND

tendency, trend, drift, tenor, current mean movement in a particular direction. tendency implies an inclination sometimes amounting to an impelling force <a general tendency toward inflation>. trend applies to the general direction maintained by a winding or irregular course <the long-term trend of the stock market is upward>. drift may apply to a tendency determined by external forces <the drift of the population away from large cities> or it may apply to an underlying or obscure trend of meaning or discourse <got the drift of her argument>. tenor stresses a clearly perceptible direction and a continuous, undeviating course <the tenor of the times>. current implies a clearly defined but not necessarily unalterable course <an encounter that changed the current of my life>.
TREND Defined for Kids


noun \ˈtrend\

Definition of TREND for Kids

:  general direction taken in movement or change <a down trend in the business> <new trends in fashion>


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