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pur·port

 (pər-pôrt′)
tr.v. pur·port·ed, pur·port·ing, pur·ports
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.
n. (pûr′pôrt′)
1. Meaning that is presented, intended, or implied; import. See Synonyms at substance.
2. Intention; purpose: The purport of the visit was to discuss trade relations.

[Middle 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- in Indo-European roots).]

purport

vb (tr)
1. to claim (to be a certain thing, etc) by manner or appearance, esp falsely
2. (esp of speech or writing) to signify or imply
n
3. meaning; significance
4. purpose; object; intention
[C15: from Anglo-French: contents, from Old French porporter to convey, from por- forth + porter to carry, from Latin portāre]

pur•port

(v. pərˈpɔrt, -ˈpoʊrt; n. ˈpɜr pɔrt, -poʊrt)

v.t.
1. to present, esp. deliberately, the appearance of being; profess or claim: a man purporting to be the manager.
2. to convey; express or imply.
n.
3. the meaning, import, or sense.
4. a purpose or intention.
[1375–1425; (v.) late Middle English < Anglo-French purporter to convey]
syn: See meaning.

purport


Past participle: purported
Gerund: purporting

Imperative
purport
purport
Present
I purport
you purport
he/she/it purports
we purport
you purport
they purport
Preterite
I purported
you purported
he/she/it purported
we purported
you purported
they purported
Present Continuous
I am purporting
you are purporting
he/she/it is purporting
we are purporting
you are purporting
they are purporting
Present Perfect
I have purported
you have purported
he/she/it has purported
we have purported
you have purported
they have purported
Past Continuous
I was purporting
you were purporting
he/she/it was purporting
we were purporting
you were purporting
they were purporting
Past Perfect
I had purported
you had purported
he/she/it had purported
we had purported
you had purported
they had purported
Future
I will purport
you will purport
he/she/it will purport
we will purport
you will purport
they will purport
Future Perfect
I will have purported
you will have purported
he/she/it will have purported
we will have purported
you will have purported
they will have purported
Future Continuous
I will be purporting
you will be purporting
he/she/it will be purporting
we will be purporting
you will be purporting
they will be purporting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been purporting
you have been purporting
he/she/it has been purporting
we have been purporting
you have been purporting
they have been purporting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been purporting
you will have been purporting
he/she/it will have been purporting
we will have been purporting
you will have been purporting
they will have been purporting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been purporting
you had been purporting
he/she/it had been purporting
we had been purporting
you had been purporting
they had been purporting
Conditional
I would purport
you would purport
he/she/it would purport
we would purport
you would purport
they would purport
Past Conditional
I would have purported
you would have purported
he/she/it would have purported
we would have purported
you would have purported
they would have purported
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.purport - the intended meaning of a communication
meaning, signification, import, significance - the message that is intended or expressed or signified; "what is the meaning of this sentence"; "the significance of a red traffic light"; "the signification of Chinese characters"; "the import of his announcement was ambiguous"
2.purport - the pervading meaning or tenor; "caught the general drift of the conversation"
tenor, strain - the general meaning or substance of an utterance; "although I disagreed with him I could follow the tenor of his argument"
Verb1.purport - have the often specious appearance of being, intending, or claiming; "The letter purports to express people's opinion"
claim - assert or affirm strongly; state to be true or existing; "He claimed that he killed the burglar"
2.purport - propose or intend; "I aim to arrive at noon"
intend, mean, think - have in mind as a purpose; "I mean no harm"; "I only meant to help you"; "She didn't think to harm me"; "We thought to return early that night"

purport

verb claim, allege, proclaim, maintain, declare, pretend, assert, pose as, profess a book that purports to tell the whole truth

purport

noun
1. That which is signified by a word or expression:
2. The gist of a specific action or situation:
3. The general sense or significance, as of an action or statement:
4. The thread or current of thought uniting or occurring in all the elements of a text or discourse:
Translations

purport

(frm)
A. [ˈpɜːpət] N
1. (= meaning) → significado m, sentido m
2. (= purpose) → intención f
B. [pɜːˈpɔːt] VT to purport to bepretender ser

purport

[pərˈpɔːrt] vi
to purport to be sth → prétendre être qch
to purport to do sth → prétendre faire qch

purport

nTenor m
vt
(= convey, mean)hindeuten auf (+acc)
(= profess, claim) to purport to be/do something (person) → vorgeben, etw zu sein/tun; (object) → etw sein/tun sollen; he is purported to be a spyes wird behauptet, er sei ein Spion; the law is purported to be in the public interestdas Gesetz soll dem Interesse der Öffentlichkeit dienen

purport

[n ˈpɜːpət; vb pɜːˈpɔːt]
2. vt to purport to be/dopretendere di essere/fare
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But quitting all these unprofessional attempts, let us glance at those pictures of leviathan purporting to be sober, scientific delineations, by those who know.
In this book is an outline purporting to be a Picture of a Physeter or Spermaceti whale, drawn by scale from one killed on the coast of Mexico, August, and hoisted on deck.
His was a most unroyal career, but the most pitiable spectacle in it was his sentimental treachery to his Swiss guard on that memorable 10th of August, when he allowed those heroes to be massacred in his cause, and forbade them to shed the "sacred French blood" purporting to be flowing in the veins of the red-capped mob of miscreants that was raging around the palace.
The signatures to this instrument purporting to be executed by Mr.
One day, after he had borrowed The Worm's trap for a lady who never existed, had used it himself all the afternoon, had sent a note to The Worm purporting to come from the lady, and was telling the Mess all about it, The Worm rose in his place and said, in his quiet, ladylike voice: "That was a very pretty sell; but I'll lay you a month's pay to a month's pay when you get your step, that I work a sell on you that you'll remember for the rest of your days, and the Regiment after you when you're dead or broke.
The Provost-Marshal, who is a friend of mine, told me that there was a special warning out against a person purporting to be an American chaplain who had escaped from Belgium.
Nicholas understood the tone of triumph in which this interrogatory was put; but remembering the necessity of supporting his assumed character, produced a scrap of paper purporting to contain a list of some subjects for drawings which his employer desired to have executed; and with which he had prepared himself in case of any such contingency.
When we stopped at Riderhood's, and he asked that scoundrel a question or two, purporting to refer only to the lodging-houses in which there was accommodation for us, had I the least suspicion of him?
besides several compositions in prose, purporting to be dialogues between the Emperor of China and an oyster, or the Archbishop of Canterbury and a dissenter on the subject of church-rates, but all having the same moral, namely, that the reader must make haste to Jarley's, and that children and servants were admitted at half-price.