protend

verb
pro·​tend | \prō-ˈtend \
protended; protending; protends

Definition of protend 

transitive verb

1 archaic : to stretch forth

2 archaic : extend

First Known Use of protend

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

History and Etymology for protend

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

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