Definition of purport in English:

purport

Syllabification: pur·port

verb

Pronunciation: /pərˈpôrt
 
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[with infinitive]
Appear or claim to be or do something, especially falsely; profess: she is not the person she purports to be
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  • The institution of marriage they are purporting to protect is an abstraction.
  • In doing this, the government is conceding victory to the very people whom it purports to be fighting.
  • Clearly she has achieved the good life, but what about the people she purports to represent?
Synonyms
claim to be, profess to be, pretend to be; appear to be, seem to be; be ostensibly, pose as, impersonate, masquerade as, pass for

noun

Pronunciation: /ˈpərˌpôrt
 
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1The meaning or substance of something, typically a document or speech: I do not understand the purport of your remarks
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  • Notably, these documents purport to describe only lawful campaign activities, and committee Democrats acknowledge they find no fault with those activities.
  • More than three dozen of these notes purport to document various fictional characters Morris scatters through his text.
  • Ordinarily, it is not sufficient to give the tenor, substance or purport of the libel or slander, or an approximation of the words, or words to a certain ‘effect’, or any other words of a similar import.
Synonyms
gist, substance, drift, implication, intention, meaning, significance, sense, essence, thrust, message
1.1The purpose of a person or thing: the purport of existence
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  • Under the Guarantee Boot agreed to answer for Construction's performance and observance of the Main Contract ‘according to the true purport intent and meaning thereof’.
  • He contended that the delay was remedied before any harm or prejudice was caused, and moreover, the defendant Vendors did not object or purport to rescind the agreement until after the breach had been remedied.
  • Although many use the mobile clinic as a medical home, it does not purport to have that designation.
Synonyms

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'express, signify'): from Old French purporter, from medieval Latin proportare, from Latin pro- 'forth' + portare 'carry, bear'. The sense 'appear to be' dates from the late 18th century.

Derivatives

purportedly

adverb
More example sentences
  • Mr Scrafton also says he warned Mr Howard an intelligence report purportedly confirming the incident was not reliable.
  • Everyone knows the place is half deserted, yet these figures purportedly show 8, 9 or even 10 voters to a house.
  • Note that here we purportedly have the thoughts of men at the very moment in which they are fighting against a violent death.

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