Part of speech: verb

To have or take a general direction; incline; lean.

Part of speech: noun

General course or direction; tendency.

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Usage examples "trend":

  1. And this justice we cannot learn from the reading of his biography, but by regarding every one of his works as a separate and complete entity; as a perfect, organic whole of which we must study the general character, the special features, the form, the manner of design, the emotional course, and the trend of thought. - "Piano Playing With Piano Questions Answered", Josef Hofmann.
  2. The trend of events in mineral laws is toward the latter procedure. - "The Economic Aspect of Geology", C. K. Leith.
  3. Only by trying to see the points of view of others do we get any real idea of the trend of human thought. - "The Loom of Youth", Alec Waugh.