purport

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

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

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 purport — 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

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

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 14 purport — 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

  • 15 purport — 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

  • 16 purport — 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 …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 17 purport — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French, content, tenor, from purporter to carry, mean, purport, from pur thoroughly + porter to carry more at purchase, port Date: 15th century meaning conveyed, professed, or implied ; import; also… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 18 purport — 1. verb a) To convey, imply, or profess outwardly, often falsely. He purports himself to be an international man of affairs. b) To intend. He purported …

    Wiktionary

  • 19 purport — verb (t) /pɜˈpɔt / (say per pawt), /ˈpɜpɔt / (say perpawt) 1. to profess or claim: *We have to remember to be on guard against the press – not only of believing things we read, but of talking to those who purport to represent the press. –michael… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 purport — I Meaning; import; substantial meaning; substance; legal effect. The purport of an instrument means the substance of it as it appears on the face of the instrument, and is distinguished from tenor, which means an exact copy II To convey, imply,… …

    Black's law dictionary