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verb (used with object)
  1. to stretch forth.
  2. to extend in duration.
verb (used without object)
  1. to stretch forward.

Origin of protend

1400–50; late Middle English protenden < Latin protendere to stretch out, extend, equivalent to pro- pro-1 + tendere to stretch; see tend1
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