Definition of trend in English:


Syllabification: trend
Pronunciation: /trend



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  • 1Change or develop in a general direction: unemployment has been trending upward
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    • The Finance Ministry has offered an annual interest rate of 6.4 percent for its seven-year saving bonds to be issued for the 2006 fiscal year, saying general interest rates are trending higher.
    • Although the blue states are still considerably wealthier than the red states, the red states are currently trending upwards at a faster rate.
    • The core inflation measure made its debut in the early 1970s when the headline inflation rate was trending sharply upwards.
    move, go, head, drift, gravitate, swing, shift, turn, incline, tend, lean, veer
  • 1.1 (be trending) (Of a topic) be or be becoming popular on a news or social media website: a certain rehab regular is trending once again (as adjective trending) today’s top trending topics
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    • The controversy is trending on Twitter after this bizarre voicemail from his wife.
    • We'll take a look at some of the M. J. stuff trending on the Web.
    • Exciting things like 'Stockport', 'Sugababes' and 'ebay' are trending in Manchester at the moment.
  • 2(Especially of geographical features) bend or turn away in a specified direction: the Richelieu River trends northward to Lake Champlain
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    • This zone forms a narrow band that trends from Loch Eriboll south to the Isle of Skye, and is bounded on the east by the Moine thrust fault.
    • The paleoshoreline trended roughly northwest-southeast through the Big Bend region at that time.
    • A regional swarm of dykes trending east-west to SE-NW, and mainly consisting of minette and mela-syenite to mela-granite porphyries, cuts the older granitoids but does not affect the younger generation of intrusions.


Old English trendan 'revolve, rotate', of Germanic origin; compare with trundle. The verb sense 'turn in a specified direction' dates from the late 16th century and gave rise to the figurative use 'assume a general tendency' in the mid 19th century, a development paralleled in the noun.

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