[ US /ˈpɝˌpɔɹt, pɝˈpɔɹt/ ]
  1. propose or intend
    I aim to arrive at noon
  2. have the often specious appearance of being, intending, or claiming
    The letter purports to express people's opinion
  1. the intended meaning of a communication
  2. the pervading meaning or tenor
    caught the general drift of the conversation
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How To Use purport In A Sentence

  • Notwithstanding, it takes a good deal of thought to achieve such a transformation, and it is an ability purportedly in demand but sadly lacking in supply within the framework of most biennales.
  • His anatomy of the human condition, however, is not the political and moral cul-de-sac it purports to be.
  • Many theories purport to explain growth in terms of a single cause.
  • While the lenders reserved all other rights and remedies that might be available under the credit agreement, but "did not by its terms purport to accelerate the maturity of the obligations outstanding. SiliconBeat
  • A lack of contrition would be, for example, if the defendant was purporting to express regret for his crimes in the courtroom, but simultaneously sending anonymous tweets to the effect that the trial is a sham, the judge is bought off, etc. The Volokh Conspiracy » More on the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Subpoena to Twitter, Demanding Identification of Anonymous Critic of Corbett’s
  • The fears are all thanks to a purported prediction of a major Roman quake Wednesday attributed to self-taught seismologist Raffaele Bendandi, who died in 1979. Quakes hit Italy, but none in Rome despite myth
  • This answer, you'll see by the enclosed news paper, was unanimously voted to be not satisfactory to the Town, and the next day, on Mr. Hutchinson's sending into the Town Meeting an answer of the same purport, both his and ours were voted to be daringly affrontive to the Tea Leaves Being a Collection of Letters and Documents relating to the shipment of Tea to the American Colonies in the year 1773, by the East India Tea Company. (With an introduction, notes, and biographical notices of the Boston Tea Party)
  • It purportedly screens for pathogens involved in disease or biowarfare.
  • A purported acceptance which introduces different terms is not in law an acceptance but a counter - offer.
  • Secondly, he submitted that the case had never been pleaded or presented in the court below as one falling within the exceptional category, nor did the judge purport to find that it did.
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