- 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 of purportAnglo-French purporter ; from Old French porporter ; from por- (; from Classical Latin pro: see pro), forth + porter, to bear ; from Classical Latin portare: see port
- meaning; tenor; sense; drift
- intention; object
transitive verbpur·port·ed, pur·port·ing, pur·ports
- Meaning that is presented, intended, or implied; import. See Synonyms at substance.
- Intention; purpose: The purport of the visit was to discuss trade relations.
Origin of purportMiddle 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).
(third-person singular simple present purports, present participle purporting, simple past and past participle purported)