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 piteous in purport As if he had been loosed out of hell. -- Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Disguise; covering. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

For she her sex under that strange purport Did use to hide. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

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  • 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] 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

  • 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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