AskDefine | Define purport

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1 the intended meaning of a communication [syn: intent, spirit]
2 general meaning or tenor; "caught the drift of the conversation" [syn: drift]


1 have the often specious appearance of being, intending, or claiming; "The letter purports to express people's opinion"
2 propose or intend; "I aim to arrive at noon" [syn: aim, purpose, propose]

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From portare.

Pronunciation 1

  • a UK /pəˈpoːt/, /p@"po:t/
  • a US /pɚˈpɔɹt/, /p@`"pOr\t/


  1. To convey, imply, or profess outwardly.
    He purports himself to be an international man of affairs.
  2. To intend.
    He purported to become an international man of affairs.


  • Dutch: beweren,
appear to be claiming
  • Dutch: laten uitschijnen, schijnen te

Pronunciation 2

  • a UK /ˈpɜːpoːt/ or , /"p3:po:t/ or
  • a US /ˈpɚpɔɹt/, /"p@`pOr\t/


  1. import, intention or purpose


  • Dutch: doel, intentie, gewicht
  • Portuguese: propósito

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