- to present, especially deliberately, the appearance of being; profess or claim, often falsely: a document purporting to be official.
- to convey to the mind as the meaning or thing intended; express or imply.
- the meaning, import, or sense: the main purport of your letter.
- purpose; intention; object: the main purport of their visit to France.
Origin of purport
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Examples from the Web for purport
Ukrainian government intercepts also purport to reveal Ukrainian separatists acknowledging they controlled SA-11 systems.U.S. Intelligence: Separatists, Not Russians, Killed MH17
July 22, 2014
Liberals, conservatives say, purport to care about the poor.That’s All a Nobel Prize Winner Gets Paid?
April 18, 2014
In other words, this is a novel and does not purport to solve any of the myriad mysteries surrounding the killing of JFK.The Essential JFK Books
November 21, 2013
There are photos on the Internet that purport to show you as a teenager, and you look a lot different from the way you do today.16 Questions for the ‘Real-Life Barbie,’ Valeria Lukyanova
August 5, 2013
And too often that means finding the long-term cultural trends that purport to explain why people do what they do.Every American Muslim's Fear After the Boston Bombing
April 20, 2013
The purport of such works is the conversion of pig-lead into white-lead.The Uncommercial Traveller
I wish you would consent to give me their purport by word of mouth.'Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
What was the purport of their conversation no one ever knew.
At first she did not understand the purport of his question.Captain Blood
Hugh Ritson made an effort to gather the purport of Gubblum's message.A Son of Hagar
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- to claim (to be a certain thing, etc) by manner or appearance, esp falsely
- (esp of speech or writing) to signify or imply
- meaning; significance
- purpose; object; intention
Word Origin and History for purport
early 15c., "indicate, express, set forth," from the noun in English and from Anglo-French purporter (c.1300), from Old French purporter (see purport (n.)). Related: Purported; purporting.