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[trend] /trɛnd/
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:
trending topics on the Internet; words that have trended this year.
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 forms
countertrend, noun
subtrend, noun
1. See tendency. 5. stretch, run, incline. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for trends


general tendency or direction
fashion; mode
verb (intransitive)
to take a certain trend
Word Origin
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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