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"tendency" in British English

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tendencynoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈten.dən.si/
C1 If someone has a tendency to do or like something, they will ​probably do it or like it: [+ to infinitive] His tendency toexaggerate is well ​known. If there is a tendency for something to ​happen, it is ​likely to ​happen or it often ​happens: There is a tendency forunemployment to ​rise in the ​summer. If there is a tendency to do something, it ​starts to ​happen more often or ​starts to ​increase: [+ to infinitive] There is a ​growing tendency toregardmoney more ​highly than ​quality of ​life.

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(Definition of tendency from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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tendencynoun [C]

 us   /ˈten·dən·si/
a ​likelihood to ​happen or to have a ​particularcharacteristic or ​effect: She has a tendency to ​work late. There’s a ​growing tendency to ​trykids as adults.
(Definition of tendency from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “tendency”
in Arabic مَيل, نَزْعة…
in Korean 성향, 경향…
in Portuguese tendência, inclinação, propensão…
in Catalan tendència…
in Japanese 傾向, きらい…
in Chinese (Simplified) (思想、行为等的)倾向, 趋势, 倾向…
in Turkish eğilim, meyil, istek…
in Russian тенденция…
in Chinese (Traditional) (思想、行為等的)傾向, 趨勢, 傾向…
in Italian tendenza…
in Polish tendencja…
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