Definition of trend noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//trend//
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a general direction in which a situation is changing or developing economic/social/political trends trend (towards something) There is a growing trend towards earlier retirement. trend (in something) current trends in language teaching a downward/an upward trend in sales You seem to have set (= started) a new trend. This trend is being reversed (= is going in the opposite direction). One region is attempting to buck (= oppose or resist) the trend of economic decline. The underlying trend of inflation is still upwards. Language BankfallDescribing a decrease Car crime in Oxford fell significantly last year. Car crime fell by about a quarter over a 12-month period. The number of stolen vehicles dropped from 1 013 to 780, a fall of 26 per cent. According to this data, 780 vehicles were stolen, 26% down on the previous year. There was an 11% drop in reported thefts from motor vehicles, from 1 971 to 1 737. These figures show that, as far as car crime is concerned, the main trend is downwards. Wordfinderboom, decline, dip, fluctuate, level off/​out, peak, plateau, plummet, slump, trend See related entries: Trends Word Origin Old English trendan ‘revolve, rotate’, of Germanic origin; compare with trundle. The verb sense ‘turn in a specified direction’ dates from the late 16th cent, and gave rise to the figurative use ‘develop in a general direction’ in the mid 19th cent., a development paralleled in the noun.Extra examples A trend for romance and nostalgia has emerged. Current trends suggest that car traffic will continue to grow. Despite this month’s disappointing figures, the underlying trend is healthy. I can see a worrying trend in these results. In the 1960s, Britain set the fashion trends. Linen is on trend again this summer. The data indicates a trend towards earlier retirement. The increase in crime in London was just part of a wider trend. The latest figures show a clear growth trend in the service sector. We are following the American trend towards more flexible working conditions. a trend away from narrow specialization efforts to buck the current downward trend in sales future trends in the volume of employment the trend towards privatization A picture can be built up from an analysis of economic trends. The company managed to buck the trend and increase profits this year. The result might be a reversal of current trends. Their new knitwear is very on trend. Trends suggest that the car is becoming increasingly popular. You seem to have set a new trend. a downward/​upward trend in sales a survey of social trends fashion trends in sunglasses
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