purport

[v. per-pawrt, -pohrt, pur-pawrt, -pohrt; n. pur-pawrt, -pohrt]
verb (used with object)
1.
to present, especially deliberately, the appearance of being; profess or claim, often falsely: a document purporting to be official.
2.
to convey to the mind as the meaning or thing intended; express or imply.
noun
3.
the meaning, import, or sense: the main purport of your letter.
4.
purpose; intention; object: the main purport of their visit to France.

Origin:
1375–1425; (v.) late Middle English purporten < Anglo-French purporter to convey, equivalent to pur- pro-1 + porter to carry (< Latin portāre); (noun) late Middle English < Anglo-French, derivative of the v.

purportless, adjective


2. mean, intend, signify. 3. implication, drift, trend, gist. See meaning.
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purport
 
vb
1.  to claim (to be a certain thing, etc) by manner or appearance, esp falsely
2.  (esp of speech or writing) to signify or imply
 
n
3.  meaning; significance
4.  purpose; object; intention
 
[C15: from Anglo-French: contents, from Old French porporter to convey, from por- forth + porter to carry, from Latin portāre]

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purport
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.
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The closing letters do not purport to be an exhaustive list of all possible problem areas since the audits are limited in scope.
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