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Meaning of PURPORT

Pronunciation:  [n]'purpowrt, [v]pur'powrt, 'pur`powrt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  general meaning or tenor; "caught the drift of the conversation"
  2. [n]  the intended meaning of a communication
  3. [v]  propose or intend; "I aim to arrive at noon"
  4. [v]  have the often specious appearance of being, intending, or claiming; "The letter purports to express people's opinion"

PURPORT is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: aim, drift, intent, propose, purpose, spirit
 See Also: claim, import, intend, mean, meaning, significance, signification, strain, tenor, think



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pur"port\, n. [OF. purport; pur, pour, for (L. pro) +
    porter to bear, carry. See {Port} demeanor.]
    1. Design or tendency; meaning; import; tenor.
             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.
    2. Disguise; covering. [Obs.]
             For she her sex under that strange purport Did use
             to hide.                              --Spenser.
  2. \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.
          They in most grave and solemn wise unfolded Matter
          which little purported.                  --Rowe.