verb (used with object)
- purple shore crab,
- purple trillium,
- purple-fringed orchid,
Origin of purport
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|Josh Rogin|July 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Liberals, conservatives say, purport to care about the poor.
In other words, this is a novel and does not purport to solve any of the myriad mysteries surrounding the killing of JFK.
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|Anna Nemtsova|August 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Charles King|April 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I endeavour to give the words used,—I certainly do not deviate from the purport of what was said.
He made lots of other inquiries, the purport of which I could not then divine.A Fortnight of Folly|Maurice Thompson
These were not the words, but these words contain the purport of what he said.Letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Vol. II (of 2)|Samuel Taylor Coleridge
He had heard only a small part of the conversation between them, but evidently caught enough of it to divine its purport.The Lost Army|Thomas W. Knox
The lady, who was sagacious enough, on seeing the letter, pretty nearly guessed at the purport of it.Tales Of Humour, Gallantry and Romance|Anonymous
verb (pɜːˈpɔːt) (tr)
Word Origin for purport
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)).
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.