Purport meaning

pər-pôrt'
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.

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To have or present the often false appearance of being or intending; claim or profess.

A novel that purports to be a sailor's memoir; an author who purports to have witnessed the events.

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Meaning that is presented, intended, or implied; import.
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Intention; purpose.

The purport of the visit was to discuss trade relations.

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To profess or claim as its meaning.
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To give the appearance, often falsely, of being, intending, etc.
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Meaning; tenor; sense; drift.
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Intention; object.
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To convey, imply, or profess outwardly, often falsely.

He purports himself to be an international man of affairs.

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(construed with to) To intend.

He purported to become an international man of affairs.

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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