purport

  • 1Purport — 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

  • 2purport — 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

  • 3purport — 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

  • 4Purport — 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

  • 5purport — (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

  • 6purport — [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,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7purport — n *substance, gist, burden, core, pith Analogous words: significance, import, *meaning, signification: tenor, *tendency, drift, trend …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8purport — ► 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

  • 9purport — [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

  • 10purport — 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

  • 11purport — 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

  • 12purport — purportless, adj. v. /peuhr pawrt , pohrt , perr pawrt, pohrt/; n. /perr pawrt, pohrt/, v.t. 1. to present, esp. deliberately, the appearance of being; profess or claim, often falsely: a document purporting to be official. 2. to convey to the… …

    Universalium

  • 13purport — v. (formal) (E) ( to claim ) they purport to be our friends * * * [ pɜːpɔːt] (formal) (E) ( to claim ) they purport to be our friends …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 14purport — pur|port1 [pə:ˈpo:t US pə:rˈpo:rt] v [I and T] formal to claim to be or do something, even if this is not true purport to do sth ▪ Two undercover officers purporting to be dealers infiltrated the gang. be purported to be sth ▪ The document is… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15purport — 1 verb (I, T) purport to be/be purported to be formal to claim to be something, and give the impression that it is true, even if it is not: The letter is purported to be a secret agreement between the president and the general. 2 noun (U), formal …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16purport — 1. verb this work purports to be authoritative Syn: claim to be, profess to be, pretend to be; appear to be, seem to be; be ostensibly, pose as, impersonate, masquerade as, pass for 2. noun 1) the purport of his remarks Syn: gi …

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