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From Middle English purporten, from Anglo-Norman purporter and Old French porporter (“convey, contain, carry”), from pur-, from Latin pro (“forth”) + Old French porter (“carry”), from Latin portō (“carry”).
- (verb, US) IPA(key): /pɚˈpɔɹt/
- (noun, UK) IPA(key): /ˈpɜːpɔːt/, /ˈpɜːpət/
- (noun, US) IPA(key): /ˈpɚpɔɹt/
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- Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)t
- To convey, imply, or profess (often falsely or inaccurately).
- He purports himself to be an international man of affairs.
- 1962 August, “More W.R. services in jeopardy”, in Modern Railways, page 82, photo caption:
- The intermediate station seen here, Llanbister Road, is 5 hilly miles by road from the town it purports to serve.
- (construed with to) To intend.
- He purported to become an international man of affairs.
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purport (plural purports)
- import, intention or purpose
- 1843 April, Thomas Carlyle, “I, Aristocracies”, in Past and Present, American edition, Boston, Mass.: Charles C[offin] Little and James Brown, published 1843, OCLC 191225086, book IV (Horoscope):
- Sorrowful, phantasmal as this same Double Aristocracy of Teachers and Governors now looks, it is worth all men’s while to know that the purport of it is, and remains, noble and most real.
- 1939, Ernest Vincent Wright, Gadsby
- (obsolete) disguise; covering