purport [n] meaning, implication acceptation, aim, bearing, burden, connotation, core, design, drift, gist, heart, idea, import, intendment, intent, intention, matter, meat, message, nub, object, objective, pith, plan, point, purpose, score, sense, significance, significancy, signification, spirit, stuff, substance, tendency, tenor, thrust, understanding, upshot; concepts 20,659,660,689 purport [v] assert, mean allege, betoken, claim, convey, declare, denote, express, imply, import, indicate, intend, maintain, point to, pose as, pretend, proclaim, profess, signify, suggest; concepts 49,682

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  • Purport — Pur port, n. [OF. purport; pur, pour, for (L. pro) + porter to bear, carry. See {Port} demeanor.] [1913 Webster] 1. Design or tendency; meaning; import; tenor. [1913 Webster] The whole scope and purport of that dialogue. Norris. With a look so… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • purport — 1. The word is pronounced with the stress on the first syllable as a noun and with the stress on the second syllable as a verb. 2. The verb is used to express an alleged claim or suggestion, typically with an element of scepticism or even… …   Modern English usage

  • purport — I verb allege, allude, claim, connote, convey, declare, declare with positiveness, denote, express, imply, indicare, indicate, infer, insinuate, intend, intimate, mean, pose as, pretend, profess, represent, say, show, significare, signify, state …   Law dictionary

  • 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. [1913 Webster] They… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • purport — (n.) early 15c., from Anglo Fr. purport (late 13c.), from purporter to contain, from pur (from L. pro forth ) + O.Fr. porter to carry, from L. portare to carry (see PORT (Cf. port) (1)). The verb is attested from 1520s. Related: Purported;… …   Etymology dictionary

  • purport — n *substance, gist, burden, core, pith Analogous words: significance, import, *meaning, signification: tenor, *tendency, drift, trend …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • purport — ► VERB ▪ appear to be or do, especially falsely. ► NOUN 1) the meaning of something. 2) the purpose of something. DERIVATIVES purported adjective purportedly adverb. ORIGIN Latin proportare …   English terms dictionary

  • purport — [pʉr pôrt′; ] also, and for n. always [, pʉr′pôrt΄] vt. [Anglo Fr purporter < OFr porporter < por (< L pro: see PRO1), forth + porter, to bear < L portare: see PORT3] 1. to profess or claim as its meaning 2. to give the appearance,… …   English World dictionary

  • purport — I UK [pə(r)ˈpɔː(r)t] / US [pərˈpɔrt] verb [intransitive] Word forms purport : present tense I/you/we/they purport he/she/it purports present participle purporting past tense purported past participle purported formal to claim or seem to be… …   English dictionary

  • purport — pur|port1 [ pər pɔrt ] verb intransitive FORMAL to claim or seem to be something or to do something, especially when this is not possible or true: purport to do something: This book purports to contain all the information you require. be… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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