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purported

[per-pawr-tid, -pohr-]
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adjective
  1. reputed or claimed; alleged: We saw no evidence of his purported wealth.

Origin of purported

First recorded in 1890–95; purport + -ed2
Related formspur·port·ed·ly, adverbun·pur·port·ed, adjective

purport

[verb per-pawrt, -pohrt, pur-pawrt, -pohrt; noun pur-pawrt, -pohrt]
verb (used with object)
  1. to present, especially deliberately, the appearance of being; profess or claim, often falsely: a document purporting to be official.
  2. to convey to the mind as the meaning or thing intended; express or imply.
noun
  1. the meaning, import, or sense: the main purport of your letter.
  2. purpose; intention; object: the main purport of their visit to France.

Origin of purport

1375–1425; (v.) late Middle English purporten < Anglo-French purporter to convey, equivalent to pur- pro-1 + porter to carry (< Latin portāre); (noun) late Middle English < Anglo-French, derivative of the v.
Related formspur·port·less, adjective

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2. mean, intend, signify. 3. implication, drift, trend, gist. See meaning.
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British Dictionary definitions for purported

purported

adjective
  1. alleged; supposed; rumoureda purported two million dollar deal
Derived Formspurportedly, adverb

purport

verb (pɜːˈpɔːt) (tr)
  1. to claim (to be a certain thing, etc) by manner or appearance, esp falsely
  2. (esp of speech or writing) to signify or imply
noun (ˈpɜːpɔːt)
  1. meaning; significance
  2. purpose; object; intention

Word Origin

C15: from Anglo-French: contents, from Old French porporter to convey, from por- forth + porter to carry, from Latin portāre
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Word Origin and History for purported

purport

n.

early 15c., from Anglo-French purport (late 13c.), Old French porport "contents, tenor," back-formation from purporter "to contain, convey, carry," from pur- (from Latin pro- "forth;" see pur-) + Old French porter "to carry," from Latin portare "to carry" (see port (n.1)).

purport

v.

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.

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