- 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 purporting
A photograph uploaded to social media and purporting to be of the slain teacher showed a man face down in running gear.American Teacher Ronnie Smith Shot Dead In Libya By Gunmen
December 5, 2013
After this, writing, purporting to be from Mr. Smith, came frequently.The Arena
(Bohn's), is the following, purporting to be from Hakluyt, vol.
Lopez had gone, purporting,—as he said,—to be back to dinner.The Prime Minister
Some draw maps, purporting to come from a deceased schoolmate.The Spirit Land
Samuel B. (Samuel Bulfinch) Emmons
She gave messages to Mr. Crane, purporting to be from his dead son.The Come Back
- 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 purporting
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.