- To purport is to represent yourself as something you aren't or claim to be something you aren't.
An example of purport is when you pretend to be an expert in a field even though you barely know anything about it.
- to profess or claim as its meaning
- to give the appearance, often falsely, of being, intending, etc.
Origin: Anglo-Fr purporter from Old French porporter from por- (from Classical Latin pro: see pro), forth plush porter, to bear from Classical Latin portare: see port
- meaning; tenor; sense; drift
- intention; object
Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
transitive verb pur·port·ed, pur·port·ing, pur·ports
- To have or present the often false appearance of being or intending; profess: selfish behavior that purports to be altruistic.
- To have the intention of doing; purpose.
- Meaning presented, intended, or implied; import. See Synonyms at substance.
- Intention; purpose.
Origin: Middle English purporten, to set forth, from Anglo-Norman purporter : pur-, forth (from Latin prō-; see pro-1) + porter, to carry (from Latin portāre; see per-2 in Indo-European roots).