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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Clearing the house after a relative died, I came across what purports to be a passport to Hay-on-Wye.
▪ It is true that this model does not purport to describe accurately the way in which the market economy actually functions.
▪ Such books purport to present the past ` as it was', taking for granted that this is what photographs do.
▪ The relationship between an image and the reality it purports to represent is, according to many contemporary critics, inherently political.
▪ Wasn't Rune Christensen as much a player of games as the man he purported to despise?
▪ Wolfgang von Goethe, recently liberated from his university studies of law, visited Ensisheim in 1771 to see the purported meteorite.
▪ The purport of his remarks is already familiar.
▪ The purport of that attack was to prove that generality could never be an intrinsic property of a mental content.
▪ Why then did she not inform herself of the purport and effect of the transfer before signing it?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Purport \Pur"port\, n. [OF. purport; pur, pour, for (L. pro) + porter to bear, carry. See Port demeanor.]

  1. Design or tendency; meaning; import; tenor.

    The whole scope and purport of that dialogue. Norris. With a look so piteous in purport As if he had been loosed out of hell. -- Shak.

  2. Disguise; covering. [Obs.]

    For she her sex under that strange purport Did use to hide.


Purport \Pur"port\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Purported; p. pr. & vb. n. Purporting.] [OF. purporter, pourporter. See Purport, n.] To intend to show; to intend; to mean; to signify; to import; -- often with an object clause or infinitive.

They in most grave and solemn wise unfolded Matter which little purported.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., from Anglo-French purport (late 13c.), Old French porport "contents, tenor," back-formation from purporter "to contain, convey, carry," from pur- (from Latin pro- "forth;" see pur-) + Old French porter "to carry," from Latin portare "to carry" (see port (n.1)).


early 15c., "indicate, express, set forth," from the noun in English and from Anglo-French purporter (c.1300), from Old French purporter (see purport (n.)). Related: Purported; purporting.


n. 1 import, intention or purpose 2 (context obsolete English) disguise; covering vb. 1 To convey, imply, or profess outwardly (often falsely). 2 (context construed with '''to''' English) To intend.

  1. n. the intended meaning of a communication [syn: intent, spirit]

  2. general meaning or tenor; "caught the drift of the conversation" [syn: drift]

  3. v. have the often specious appearance of being, intending, or claiming; "The letter purports to express people's opinion"

  4. propose or intend; "I aim to arrive at noon" [syn: aim, purpose, propose]


Purport may refer to:

  • Meaning (linguistics), meaning which is communicated through the use of language
  • Proposition, an object of attitudes and the primary bearer of truth and falsity
  • Allegation, a statement asserting a state of fact

Usage examples of "purport".

The simple truth evoked was, that while a committee of the house supposed that they were possessed of full and complete reports, they were supplied with only curt and crude extracts, calculated to place matters in the ministerial light, but not really affording the committee the opinions of those whose views they purported to be.

GENTLEMEN:--On the 15th day of this month, as I remember, a printed paper manuscript, with a few manuscript interlineations, called a protest, with your names appended thereto, and accompanied by another printed paper, purporting to be a proclamation by Andrew Johnson, Military Governor of Tennessee, and also a manuscript paper, purporting to be extracts from the Code of Tennessee, were laid before me.

The assignment which the General is now exhibiting purports to have been by Anderson in writing.

A letter, purporting to have been written by General Garfield, and designed to represent him as approving Chinese immigration to compete with home labor, was cunningly forged.

Spanish Mediterranean villa, purported to be the original home of the Montero family and dating back to the sixteenth century.

Ultimately, however, the poor man was convicted on the massive weight of evidence that had been collected, evidence that purported to show how, in a fit of sexual psychopathy, he had stolen into the Penfield house, had abused the woman and both children, had cold-bloodedly hacked them to pieces, and then had disposed of their remains in a superheated furnace fueled by oil-soaked coal.

The purport of his request was, that Henry, besides repressing superstitious ceremonies, should be extremely vigilant in preventing fornication and common swearing.

The various passages yet unnoticed which purport to have been uttered by Jehovah or at his command, and which are urged to show that the reality of a retributive life after death is a revealed doctrine of the Old Testament, will be found, upon critical examination, either to owe their entire relevant force to mistranslation, or to be fairly refuted by the reasonings already advanced.

The least he would have expected from her was a letter from a screever, slightly worn and faded and perhaps even somewhat tearstained, purporting to come from the captain of the vessel from which her imagined husband had been swept overboard and to testify to this tragic event.

Late last night, Cranston had received a phone call purporting to be from The Shadow, suggesting, that Cranston contact a certain cab driver who could tell him facts concerning the Talman case.

I start at fragmentary whispers, blown From undertalks of leafy souls unknown, Vague purports sweet, of inarticulate tone.

However obscured the history may be, I think the purport of it is plainly this, that the Hellenes, and Phrygians were of the Nephelim or Anakim race.

They purported to have come from the sanctuary of the Great Goddess at Pessinus in Anatolian Phrygia, and to have been sent to Rome by the Great Goddess herself to wish Rome well in her struggle against the Germans!

No California students today are taught that the Pershing expedition of 1916 against Pancho Villa - the purported locus classicus of Yankee imperialism - actually brought back some Chinese refugees and other exploited people whom American soldiers had saved from certain extermination in Mexico.

The examination and removal of the tumors would be by cystoscopic surgery, running a tiny scope and a knife in a tube through the penis into the bladder, and while this was purported to be fairly routine, Mr.