noun pur·port \ˈpər-ˌprt\

: the main or general meaning of something (such as a speech or a person's actions)

Full Definition of PURPORT

:  meaning conveyed, professed, or implied :  import; also :  substance, gist

Origin of PURPORT

Middle English, from Anglo-French, content, tenor, from purporter to carry, mean, purport, from pur- thoroughly + porter to carry — more at purchase, port
First Known Use: 15th century


verb pur·port \(ˌ)pər-ˈprt\

: to claim to be or do a particular thing when this claim may not be true

Full Definition of PURPORT

transitive verb
:  to have the often specious appearance of being, intending, or claiming (something implied or inferred) <a book that purports to be an objective analysis>; also :  claim <foreign novels which he purports to have translated — Mary McCarthy>

First Known Use of PURPORT

15th century


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