Purport Definition

purported, purporting, purports
purported, purporting, purports
To profess or claim as its meaning.
Webster's New World
To give the appearance, often falsely, of being, intending, etc.
Webster's New World

(construed with to) To intend.

He purported to become an international man of affairs.
Meaning that is presented, intended, or implied; import.
American Heritage
Meaning; tenor; sense; drift.
Webster's New World
Intention; object.
Webster's New World

Origin of Purport

  • Middle English purporten to set forth from Anglo-Norman purporter pur- forth (from Latin prō- pro–1) porter to carry (from Latin portāre per-2 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman, from purporter (“convey, contain, carry"), from Old French pur-, from Latin pro (“forth") + Old French porter (“carry"), from Latin portō (“carry").

    From Wiktionary

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