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.

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Origin of purport

First recorded in 1375–1425; (verb) late Middle English purporten, from Anglo-French purporter “to mean, signify,” Old French porporter “to carry, convey,” equivalent to pur- pro-1 + porter “to carry” (from Latin portāre ); (noun) late Middle English, from Anglo-French, derivative of the verb

synonym study for purport

3. See meaning.

OTHER WORDS FROM purport

pur·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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