One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1with object To cause to project; to put forth, stretch forth; to thrust forward. Also figurative. Now rare.
2with object Philosophy. In phenomenology: to extend (the consciousness or perception of a present act or event) into the future.
Late 15th century; earliest use found in Higden's Polychronicon. Partly from Anglo-Norman and Middle French protendre to extend, and partly from classical Latin prōtendere to stretch forth, extend, to hold out, to prolong, lengthen, in post-classical Latin also to portend (804, subsequently from 1250 in British sources) from prō- + tendere.
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