1 tendency, leaning, bias, bent, drift, course, inclination, direction:
The trend seems to be towards shorter skirts.
2 fashion, style, vogue, mode, look, rage, Colloq fad, craze, thing:
Why is she so compulsive about keeping up with the latest trends?
3 tend, lean, be biased, bend, drift, incline, veer, turn, swing, shift, head:
At the convention, the party leaders trended more to the left of centre.
strong | consistent, constant, steady | accelerating, growing, increasing | underlying
Despite this month's disappointing figures, the underlying trend is healthy.
| dominant, main, major, prevailing | gradual | clear, marked | general | apparent, discernible | global, national, international, universal, worldwide | wider
The increase in crime in London was just part of a wider trend.
| positive, upward | downward, negative | contrary, opposite | healthy, welcome | adverse, dangerous, disturbing, unfortunate, worrying | fashion | demographic, population | cultural, social | evolutionary, historical | economic, market | growth, inflationary
The latest figures show a clear growth trend in the service sector.
VERB + TREND
begin, create, set, start
In the 1960s, Britain set the fashion trends.
| continue | follow
We are following the American trend towards more flexible working conditions.
| reinforce | buck, counteract, go against
efforts to buck the current downward trend in sales
| reverse | halt | detect, notice | indicate, reflect, show, suggest
The data indicates a trend towards earlier retirement.
TREND + VERB
develop, emerge | continue | indicate sth, reflect sth, suggest sth
Current trends suggest that car traffic will continue to grow.
~ away from
a trend away from narrow specialization
| ~ for
A trend for romance and nostalgia has emerged.
| ~ in
future trends in the volume of employment
| ~ towards
the trend towards privatization
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