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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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).

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From Anglo-Norman, from purporter ("contain"), from Old French pur-, from Latin pro ("forth") + Old French porter ("carry"), from Latin portō ("carry").


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