To purport is to represent yourself as something you aren't or claim to be something you aren't.(verb)
An example of purport is when you pretend to be an expert in a field even though you barely know anything about it.
See purport in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: Anglo-Fr purporter < OFr porporter < por- (< L pro: see pro), forth + porter, to bear < L portare: see port
See purport in American Heritage Dictionary 4
transitive verb pur·port·ed, pur·port·ing, pur·ports
Origin: Middle English purporten, to set forth
Origin: , from Anglo-Norman purporter
Origin: : pur-, forth (from Latin prō-; see pro-1)
Origin: + porter, to carry (from Latin portāre; see per-2 in Indo-European roots).
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