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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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  • If the ridge bifurcates, always follow the branch that trends towards the middle of the pattern.

    Finger Prints Francis Galton
  • I stood on the high coast of Kepler Land where it trends southward.

    The Blindman's World Edward Bellamy
  • We build on the trends of rapidity and simultaneity and seek to emphasize control and time.

    Shock and Awe Harlan K. Ullman
  • They were first thought of by historians as tendencies and trends.

  • Beyond, or to the right of Telegraph hill, the city falls away to the northwest, and the bay shore also trends in that direction.

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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