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En­ten­der and Ex­tend

En­ten­der (Span­ish for, “to un­der­stand”; and much more com­mon than the oth­er word for the same, com­pren­der) comes from the Latin ten­dere, “to stretch out.”

From this root, we get the Eng­lish ex­tend — which is just a form of stretch­ing.

We can al­so see how stretch­ing be­came un­der­stand­ing if we re­mem­ber that, to re­al­ly un­der­stand some­thing, you need to stretch your brain and cre­ativ­i­ty to the lim­its.

The t‑n-d root is clear in both words as well. From the same root, we get oth­er sim­i­lar words that are metaphors for stretch­ing out: in­tend, to ten­der, and even ten­ta­tive


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