Definition of trend in English:



  • 1A general direction in which something is developing or changing.

    ‘an upward trend in sales and profit margins’
    • ‘The exercise has also come about because of housing developments in the area which could affect population trends.’
    • ‘Only a few years ago, in 1999 to be precise, Al used to call upward price trends a threat.’
    • ‘Some trends may be apparent but other changes may occur which may contradict the general direction of the trend.’
    • ‘The general trend is towards currency management against a basket which reflects the trading mix of imports and exports.’
    • ‘The point is that the general trend is moving in the positive direction.’
    • ‘They also reportedly stressed the importance of such positive trends to be sustained in the weeks ahead.’
    • ‘As a general trend, sales of Irish newspapers have declined during the past quarter.’
    • ‘As is apparent in the current analysis, the trends were general, and not discrete.’
    • ‘Certainly in New South Wales, new trends are developing in terms of where foster families are in 2003.’
    • ‘The editors followed the general trends within economic history, whose foundations were developed elsewhere.’
    • ‘The revolution in English football has led to the development of some disturbing trends, however.’
    • ‘Returning to the pectoral limb, we can easily make out two general trends.’
    • ‘But we expect the general trend in 2000 will be in the opposite direction to last year.’
    • ‘At any rate, there is a worrying trend developing along the North Mayo coast.’
    • ‘Any measure of geographical variation or time trends needs to ensure comparability of numerator and denominator data.’
    • ‘However, there are some general trends that depend more on the species than on the gene.’
    • ‘We know of no previous reports of angina incidence trends in Britain based on reviews of medical records from general practices.’
    • ‘The most recent batch reverse that trend, generally showing the parties to be even.’
    • ‘They observed differences between the samples and made note of some general trends.’
    • ‘The trend indicates the general tendency or direction over the long-term.’
    tendency, movement, drift, swing, shift, course, current, run, direction, inclination, leaning
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  • 2A fashion.

    ‘the latest trends in modern dance’
    • ‘These days, in contrast, fashion trends emanate from a diverse range of sources.’
    • ‘It's all about style and cars and fashion and trends and shape and form, so it's a great marriage.’
    • ‘Politicians now think that a few glib punchlines and a couple of fashionable trends will pull them closer to young people.’
    • ‘I confess it is a fashionable trend, but in summer, I think most people choose cotton or silk.’
    • ‘Even without a single currency, that is where we are sharing cultures, fashion and lifestyle trends.’
    • ‘The mall promoted trends and high fashion, which were two things Rebecca didn't follow.’
    • ‘As a matter of fact, I don't like anything to do with fashions or trends.’
    • ‘Prices in the art market are to a high degree influenced by fashionable trends.’
    • ‘In the future, demographics may alter food trends in yet different directions.’
    • ‘His studies have shown that fashion and social trends and even consumer buying habits often reflect humanity's search for a deeper meaning.’
    • ‘However, new electronics features as usual will ameliorate such negative trends.’
    • ‘The gardens of the time were eclectic and people wanted the latest trends from home and abroad - leading to some extravagant features.’
    • ‘For office supply stores, color and fashion trends spell opportunity and risk.’
    • ‘But what is the real impact on the home front of our obsession with fashionable and vogue trends?’
    • ‘Someone had better spare me from their ramblings of fashion trends and marriage.’
    • ‘Fashion trends in general are strongly influenced by music, TV and film celebrities.’
    • ‘As far as retro fashion trends go, the fifties may be here to stay awhile.’
    • ‘Tiny bikini underwear is gaining in prevalence simply because of today's fashion trends.’
    • ‘This technique serves to identify drug use trends at an early stage in their development.’
    • ‘And the channel that plays the hit music is now setting trends in fashion.’
    fashion, vogue, style, mode, craze, mania, rage
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  • 3A topic that is the subject of many posts on a social media website or application within a short period of time.

    ‘for more than 20 days in a row, most of the top Twitter trends were Olympics-related’
    • ‘The story has staked its claim amongst the trending topics, holding 8 of the 10 UK trending topic spots and 4 of the 10 worldwide trends.’
    • ‘The late actor was among the top five trends on microblogging site Twitter.’
    • ‘Within a few hours of the match, reference to the incident was both headline news around the country and the top trend on Twitter worldwide.’
    • ‘This is the second night in a row that soaps have taken over Twitter trends.’
    • ‘At-a-glance access to the hottest Twitter trends helps you keep up with the zeitgeist.’
    • ‘This is the year end list of the best trends on Facebook in specific categories.’
    • ‘The 29-year-old became the top Twitter trend minutes after he won the bronze.’
    • ‘Within an hour, her name was a Twitter trend in the United States.’
    • ‘It has an interactive map with national, state and local election results and a "social" section with Twitter and Facebook comments and trends.’
    • ‘Trends on Twitter rarely last beyond a day.’
    • ‘Users can click "see more" for a full list of trends buzzing on Facebook.’


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  • 1Change or develop in a general direction.

    ‘unemployment has been trending upwards’
    • ‘The growth has been slower since then, but still trending upward (currently at 29%)…’
    • ‘In general, rural Federal-Aid mileage trended toward a higher proportion of higher quality surface types.’
    • ‘When one looks at the figures, one can see the graph of employment opportunities rocketing up over the last 5 years and the unemployment figures trending downwards.’
    • ‘At that time, results for the subgroup of African Americans trended in the same direction, but were not conclusive.’
    • ‘But even academics who study plagiarism say they're not sure whether dishonesty is trending upward.’
    • ‘But AIDS drugs development is trending downward.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Like I said, the unemployment rate has trended down.’
    • ‘These improvements, whilst trending in the right direction, are somewhat variable from week to week.’
    • ‘Our recruiting figures have not looked better for a number of years and our retention is trending in the right direction.’
    • ‘After hitting a low of $28.55 two days after the half year results announcement, it trended steadily upward to reach a high of $30.98 last Tuesday.’
    • ‘Cable modem services, with monthly fees trending upward to a rough average of $45, have proved popular and sticky in the face of all the growth pains.’
    • ‘The core inflation measure made its debut in the early 1970s when the headline inflation rate was trending sharply upwards.’
    • ‘Are the occurrences trending downward or upward?’
    • ‘As is commonly the case in willingness-to-accept auctions, they found that median bids were relatively high in the first bidding round and generally trended downward as the experiment progressed.’
    • ‘Thus, any forging of a pair-bond system within the species which trended toward promiscuity would be very slow to congeal across generations.’
    • ‘And all the leading economic indicators are trending upward.’
    • ‘Although the blue states are still considerably wealthier than the red states, the red states are currently trending upwards at a faster rate.’
    • ‘Homes are in, pubs are out, according to development trends.’
    • ‘In fact, cancer rates were trending downwards in all developing countries prior to screening programmes having been initiated in the 1960s.’
    move, go, tend, head, drift, gravitate, swing, shift, turn, incline, lean, veer
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    1. 1.1 (especially of a geographical feature) bend or turn away in a specified direction.
      ‘the Richelieu River trending southward to Lake Champlain’
      • ‘Between the major transform faults are sections of spreading centres many hundreds of kilometres long but still typically trending obliquely to the spreading direction.’
      • ‘Structurally, the Centroiberica zone is characterized by very long, narrow synclines trending northwest to southeast, concordant to the general Armorican trend.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2(of a topic) be the subject of many posts on a social media website or application within a short period of time.

    ‘I've just taken a quick look at what's trending on Twitter right now’
    • ‘"RIP Kanye West" became the top trending topic on Twitter and the number one search term on Google.’
    • ‘Popular topics, known as "trending" topics, appear on the main Twitter page and can significantly increase the number of tweets containing that topic.’
    • ‘Social media blog Mashable wrote: "Trending topics are a great way to find out what's hot in the Twitterverse, but they're also a haven for malicious hackers and spammers."’
    • ‘The controversy is trending on Twitter after this bizarre voicemail from his wife.’
    • ‘The "we love the NHS" trending topic was so popular that the site crashed on Wednesday night.’
    • ‘Essentially, editors "update regularly, reply to followers, follow trending topics and apply hashtags where appropriate."’
    • ‘Of course on Wednesday morning, the top trending topic in San Francisco and the rest of the world was the same - Apple's new iPad tablet computer.’
    • ‘We'll take a look at some of the M. J. stuff trending on the Web.’
    • ‘News of Michael Jackson's death flooded the internet last night, dominating Google trends and Twitter's trending topics as users sent out tributes and relayed reports from sites such as’
    • ‘By the following weekend, Paranormal Activity had become Twitter's most popular trending topic, the movie's Facebook page had over 125,000 fans, and the website had sailed past 1 m hits.’
    • ‘By the end thanks to buzz on (sorry) Twitter it was standing room only and the tag we chose to flag posts from the room #kebab was "trending" on Twitter search as one of the most talked-about phrases of the hour.’
    • ‘This result is not surprising; an informal view of trending topics on Twitter reveals spammers often use multiple unrelated hashtags as well as URLs in their tweets.’
    • ‘See what's trending on Twitter in your local area at Trendsmap.’
    • ‘KFC is still trending on Twitter - mostly in part to the brilliant Oprah grilled chicken giveaway.’
    • ‘Exciting things like 'Stockport', 'Sugababes' and 'ebay' are trending in Manchester at the moment.’
    • ‘At one point yesterday, tags related to Apple's iPad occupied seven of the top 10 trending topics on Twitter, such was the excitement over its launch.’
    • ‘Astronomers say that they have sent so many Perseid tweets, that they have displaced Disney's "Hannah Montana" star, Miley Cyrus, as the top trending topic on Twitter.’
    • ‘The meme started at 11 am CST and spiked around 3 pm when it became a trending topic.’


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 ‘develop in a general direction’ in the mid 19th century, a development paralleled in the noun.