From Middle English *tenden, from Old French tendre ("to stretch, stretch out, hold forth, offer, tender"), from Latin tendere ("to stretch, stretch out, extend, spread out").
From Middle English tenden, by apheresis of attenden. More at attend.
From Middle English tenden, from Old English tendan ("to kindle, set on fire") (usually in compounds ātendan, fortendan, ontendan), from Proto-Germanic *tandijaną ("to kindle"), of unknown origin. Cognate with Danish tænde ("to kindle"), Swedish tända ("to ignite"), Gothic 𐍄𐌰𐌽𐌳𐌾𐌰𐌽 ("to kindle"), Icelandic tendra ("to ignite"), German zünden ("to light, ignite, fire"). Related to tinder.
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