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purport

[v. per-pawrt, -pohrt, pur-pawrt, -pohrt; n. pur-pawrt, -pohrt] /v. pərˈpɔrt, -ˈpoʊrt, ˈpɜr pɔrt, -poʊrt; n. ˈpɜr pɔrt, -poʊrt/
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
late Middle English
1375-1425
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.
Related forms
purportless, adjective
Synonyms
2. mean, intend, signify. 3. implication, drift, trend, gist. See meaning.
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Examples for purport
  • The closing letters do not purport to be an exhaustive list of all possible problem areas since the audits are limited in scope.
British Dictionary definitions for purport

purport

verb (transitive) (pɜːˈpɔːt)
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
noun (ˈpɜːpɔːt)
3.
meaning; significance
4.
purpose; object; intention
Word Origin
C15: from Anglo-French: contents, from Old French porporter to convey, from por- forth + porter to carry, from Latin portāre
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Word Origin and History for purport
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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