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.
1375-1425; (v.) late Middle Englishpurporten < Anglo-Frenchpurporter to convey, equivalent to pur-pro-1 + porter to carry (< Latinportāre); (noun) late Middle English < Anglo-French, derivative of the v.
1422, from Anglo-Fr. purport (1278), from purporter "to contain," from pur- (from L. pro- "forth") + O.Fr. porter "to carry," from L. portare "to carry" (see port (1)). The verb is attested from 1528. Purportedly "allegedly" first recorded 1949.