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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Example sentences
It is the bringing forward something in writing or in print purporting to be of
  certain effect when it is altogether untrue.
Centres purporting to use spiritual powers to find remains have sprung up, some
  charging hefty fees.
Those purporting to know that a population calamity is in the works are
  pretending to know facts that are not in evidence.
As a result, you could check the authenticity of an e-mail purporting to be
  from your bank by clicking through to the domain.
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