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trend

[trend] /trɛnd/
noun
1.
the general course or prevailing tendency; drift:
trends in the teaching of foreign languages; the trend of events.
2.
style or vogue:
the new trend in women's apparel.
3.
the general direction followed by a road, river, coastline, or the like.
verb (used without object)
4.
to have a general tendency, as events, conditions, etc.
5.
to tend to take a particular direction; extend in some direction indicated.
6.
to emerge as a popular trend; be currently popular:
trending topics on the Internet; words that have trended this year.
7.
to veer or turn off in a specified direction, as a river, mountain range, etc.:
The river trends toward the southeast.
Origin
1000
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
Synonyms
1. See tendency. 5. stretch, run, incline.
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Examples for trends
  • The report did not track trends in domestic-student applications.
  • Unemployment trends reflected varying growth experiences.
  • trends and perspectives in animal-attached remote sensing.
  • Along the way, he also explores the emerging trends in an industry that is growing exponentially.
  • Think pink, and you'll be right in step with the season's trends.
  • Nails have become an inexpensive way to inject a season's hottest color trends into your wardrobe.
  • Sometimes you can identify trends in technology simply by looking around.
  • Behind the noise, however, some trends are emerging.
  • The lack of reliable records makes it impossible to identify long-term trends in other regions of the world.
  • Ten thoughts, trends and technologies that have the power to transform our lives.
British Dictionary definitions for trends

trend

/trɛnd/
noun
1.
general tendency or direction
2.
fashion; mode
verb (intransitive)
3.
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
trend
1598, "to run or bend in a certain direction" (of rivers, coasts, etc.), from M.E. trenden "to roll about, turn, revolve," from O.E. trendan, from P.Gmc. *trandijanan (cf. O.E. trinde "round lump, ball," O.Fris. trind, M.L.G. trint "round," M.L.G. trent "ring, boundary," Du. trent "circumference," Dan. trind "round"); origin and connections outside Gmc. uncertain. Sense of "have a general tendency" (used of events, opinions, etc.) is first recorded 1863, from the nautical sense. The noun meaning "the way something bends" (coastline, mountain range, etc.) is recorded from 1777; sense of "general tendency" is from 1884. Trend-setter first attested 1960; trendy is from 1962.
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