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1a : a prevailing tendency or inclination : drift current trends in education

b : a general movement : swing the trend toward suburban living

c : a current style or preference : vogue new fashion trends

d : a line of development : approach new trends in cancer research

2 : the general movement over time of a statistically detectable change also : a statistical curve reflecting such a change

3 : a line of general direction or movement the trend of the coast turned toward the west



trended; trending; trends

intransitive verb

1a : to show a tendency : incline prices trending upward

b : to become deflected : shift opinions trending toward conservatism

2a : to extend in a general direction : follow a general course mountain ranges trending north and south

b : to veer in a new direction : bend a coastline that trends westward

3 : to generate or attract a lot of interest or attention especially online and in social media a trending news story … a database that combs about 42 sources, including blogs, social media, peer-to-peer sites, video destinations, Twitter and popular Web sites to present a complete view of how brands, topics and ideas are trending online.— Daisy Whitney

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Noun the downward trend of the stock market Digital technology is the latest trend in television. There is a disturbing trend toward obesity in children. Verb during the winter our school system trends toward canceling school at the drop of a hat—or at least a snowflake the river trends east, then west again, forming an oxbow

See MoreRecent Examples on the Web: Noun The coronavirus crisis has supercharged thattrend, turning online retail into a show which has hooked millions of stay-at-home consumers. —Trefor Moss, WSJ, “Live-Streaming Craze Turns Into a Lifeline for China’s Stores,” 9 July 2020Some fear a large, crowded rally will reverse that positivetrend. —Karen Dandurant, USA TODAY, “What doctors are saying about coronavirus risks at Trump’s New Hampshire rally,” 9 July 2020Thattrendpeaked during Democrat Barack Obama’s two terms as the first Black president. —Tim Darnell, ajc, “Biden, Democrats hope to accelerate Southern political shift,” 5 July 2020Intensifying coronavirus outbreaks across southern and western states could reverse that upwardtrend, but financially struggling airlines are hoping for better results. —oregonlive, “Air travel picks up at PDX – but just a little bit,” 1 July 2020In Dallas County, Tuesday was the fifth consecutive day that cases set a new one-day high, and officials expect thattrendto continue. —Aria Jones, Dallas News, “Dallas County reports record 20 deaths from coronavirus, 601 new cases; Tarrant County adds 605 cases,” 30 June 2020If Sunday’s disclosures are anything to go by, the institution aims to continue thattrend. —Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, “The Fed Is Bailing Out Polluters While Cities Struggle,” 30 June 2020With Hunt and Chubb in the backfield, thattrendshould continue. —Terry Pluto, cleveland, “Thinking about Kareem Hunt & Odell Beckham, will they be happy? Let’s talk Cleveland Browns!,” 27 June 2020More images of him emerging from courtrooms looking sheepish may reverse thattrend. —The Economist, “Much ado about Samsung No end in sight for Samsung’s legal troubles,” 20 June 2020Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Hospitalizations began totrendupward on June 15, when there were 516 people in hospitals across the state. —Laura Hancock, cleveland, “Ohio breaks record with 1,525 new coronavirus cases: Friday update,” 10 July 2020The number of cases reported among Sugar Land residents also continues totrendupward with a current total of 467 cases followed by Rosenberg with 346, Stafford with 169 and Richmond with 101 cases. —Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, “Officials warn ICU bed shortages could create crisis for Fort Bend County hospitals,” 10 July 2020Whitmer said June 30 that further restrictions on the economy might be needed, if cases continued totrendupward. —Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, “Whitmer to update state’s coronavirus response as cases continue to rise,” 8 July 2020Twitter would, no doubt,trendwith #CancelShakespeare. —Ron Charles, Washington Post, “While offensive TV shows get pulled, problematic books are still inspiring debate and conversation,” 3 July 2020Through Tonight: Skiestrendclearer in the evening as bubbly clouds of the days vanish. —Ian Livingston, Washington Post, “PM Update: Humidity returns along with shower and storm chances this weekend,” 26 June 2020As positive coronavirus casestrendupward in Texas, local and statewide leaders are taking action to prevent further spread of the disease. —Savannah Mehrtens, Houston Chronicle, “Humble, Kingwood leaders take steps to slow growing coronavirus cases in Lake Houston area,” 26 June 2020The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients has continued totrenddownward, no hospitals are reporting difficulty acquiring personal protective equipment. —Tyler Arnold, Washington Examiner, “Virginia businesses still suffering even with phase 3 of reopening on the horizon,” 24 June 2020But, as a little silver lining, Kayak shared that flight searches have started totrendback up in late May for the same regions. —Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, “Here’s Where People Are Looking to Visit — and Avoid — This Summer, According to Data From Kayak,” 22 June 2020

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