protend

verb

pro·​tend prō-ˈtend How to pronounce protend (audio)
protended; protending; protends

transitive verb

1
archaic : to stretch forth
2
archaic : extend

Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Latin protendere, from pro- + tendere to stretch — more at thin

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of protend was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Protend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/protend. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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