purport

[ verb per-pawrt, -pohrt, pur-pawrt, -pohrt; noun pur-pawrt, -pohrt ]
/ verb pərˈpɔrt, -ˈpoʊrt, ˈpɜr pɔrt, -poʊrt; noun ˈpɜr pɔrt, -poʊrt /

verb (used with object)

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.

noun

the meaning, import, or sense: the main purport of your letter.
purpose; intention; object: the main purport of their visit to France.

Nearby words

  1. purple shore crab,
  2. purple trillium,
  3. purple-fringed orchid,
  4. purpleheart,
  5. purplish,
  6. purported,
  7. purportedly,
  8. purpose,
  9. purpose-built,
  10. purposeful

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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British Dictionary definitions for purport

purport

verb (pɜːˈpɔːt) (tr)

to claim (to be a certain thing, etc) by manner or appearance, esp falsely
(esp of speech or writing) to signify or imply

noun (ˈpɜːpɔːt)

meaning; significance
purpose; object; intention

Word Origin for purport

C15: from Anglo-French: contents, from Old French porporter to convey, from por- forth + porter to carry, from Latin portāre

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