from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To have or present the often false appearance of being or intending; profess: selfish behavior that purports to be altruistic.
- transitive v. To have the intention of doing; purpose.
- n. Meaning presented, intended, or implied; import. See Synonyms at substance.
- n. Intention; purpose.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To convey, imply, or profess outwardly, often falsely.
- v. To intend.
- n. import, intention or purpose
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Design or tendency; meaning; import; tenor.
- n. Disguise; covering.
- transitive v. To intend to show; to intend; to mean; to signify; to import; -- often with an object clause or infinitive.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To convey to the mind as the meaning or thing intended; imply; mean, or seem to mean: as, the document purported to be official.
- n. Meaning; tenor; import; nature: as, the purport of a letter.
- n. Pretext; disguise; covering.
- n. Synonyms Gist, drift, sense, signification.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the intended meaning of a communication
- v. have the often specious appearance of being, intending, or claiming
- v. propose or intend
- n. the pervading meaning or tenor
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-2 in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman, from purporter ("contain"), from Old French pur-, from Latin pro ("forth") + Old French porter ("carry"), from Latin portō ("carry"). (Wiktionary)