Meaning of TREND in English


I. ˈtrend verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English trenden to turn, revolve, from Old English trendan; akin to Old Frisian trind, trund round, Old English trinda, trinde round lump, ball, trendel circle, ring, Middle Low German trent ring, boundary, Middle High German trendel disk, spinning top, trinnen to run forth, tear away from, trennen to break off, sever, Old English teran to tear — more at tear

intransitive verb


a. : to extend in a general direction : follow a general course

jagged ranges of mountains … trend north and south — G.R.Stewart

the track led into caverns that trended upwards into the rock — John Masefield

b. : to veer in a new direction : take a turn : bend , curve

Penobscot Bay … trends deeply into Maine — Bernard De Voto


a. : to show an inherent tendency or general drift : incline , move

selling costs have trended upward — Printers' Ink

the direction Italian thought is trending — Fletcher Pratt

people have a right to know how affairs of such great moment are trending — Arthur Krock

b. : to become deflected : shift

the flow of population may trend his way — Alfred Marshall

transitive verb

: to cause to follow or conform to a trend

laying the several courses … and trending them to the abutments — Civil Engineer & Architect's Journal

trended costs

II. noun

( -s )


a. : the line of direction or movement : orientation , flow

the long northeastern trend of the coast — Samuel Van Valkenburg & Ellsworth Huntington

b. : the directional line of a rock bed or petroleum deposit : strike

postulation of possible mineral trends — Economic Geology

the trends of all the oil-bearing belts are known with considerable accuracy — John Pain

c. : the lower end of the shank of an anchor from about the length of one of the arms to the throat


a. : a prevailing tendency or inclination : drift , leaning

the trend of opinion was distinctively conservative — C.L.Becker

contemporary trends in education

the trend toward government participation in economic affairs — Louis Wasserman

b. : a general movement : swing

the trend away from the land — Frank Hamilton

the trend toward shorter work periods — H.M.Diamond

c. : a current style or preference : vogue

the longer waistline trend — Dorothy O'Neill

the trend of yellow in kitchens — Dun's Review

d. : a line of development : approach

important new trends in cancer have appeared in the clinical literature — D.A.Karnofsky


a. : the general movement over a sufficiently long period of time of some statistical progressive change

trend of the stock market

population trend

upward trend of the cost of living

b. : a straight line or other statistical curve showing the tendency of some function to grow or decline over a period of time

a sensitive barometer of giving trends through mass mailings — Jerome Ellison

trends in parasitization — Journal of Economic Entomology

Synonyms: see tendency

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