Meaning of “tendency” in the English Dictionary


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tendencynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈten.də us /ˈten.də

C1 If someone has a tendency to do or like something, they will probably do it or like it:

[ + to infinitive ] His tendency to exaggerate 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 for unemployment 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 to regard money 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 particular characteristic or effect:

She has a tendency to work late.
There’s a growing tendency to try kids as adults.

(Definition of “tendency” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)