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1  —as in:
Her ex-husband purports that...
Definition to claim — (often said of something that is not easy to believe or is not true)
  • Even among the people who purport to understand the technology there is wide disagreement about its ramifications.
purport = claim
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • They purport that the poll is unbiased and shows that Americans who are acquainted with the facts support the legislation.
  • purport = claim
  • They point to the purported original document as evidence of their ownership.
  • purported = claimed
  • The manufacturer purports that the supplement wards off colds.
  • purports = claims
  • They purport that the video is of a flying saucer.
  • purport = claim
  • They purport to support the legislation out of concern for the environment, but many suspect profit is their primary motive.
  • purport = claim
  • I received a letter with a signature that was not very easy to read. It purported to be from a woman I had met at a certain summer resort two or three years ago.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • purported = claimed
  • This purports to be from an old friend of mine, Lady Constance Culmington.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • purports = claims
  • You wrote to him-a typed letter purporting to be from the same firm offering him a good salary and commission.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • The justification of sacrifice, that your morality propounds, is more corrupt than the corruption it purports to justify.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged

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2  —as in:
The purport of the letter was...
Definition the general meaning, purpose, intent, or significance of something
  • The purport of the letter is that she is innocent and claims to the contrary are motivated by greed.
purport = general meaning
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The second letter was from another witness and of the same purport as the first.
  • purport = general meaning
  • The purport of the legislation is to improve health care.
  • purport = purpose or intent
  • This is what I said, the purport of it; but, as you may imagine, not spoken so collectedly or methodically as I have repeated it to you.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • purport = meaning
  • I should not have understood the purport of this book had not Felix, in reading it, given very minute explanations.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • purport = meaning or significance
  • The men of rank and dignity, who stood more immediately around the clergyman, were so taken by surprise, and so perplexed as to the purport of what they saw—unable to receive the explanation which most readily presented itself, or to imagine any other—that they remained silent and inactive spectators of the judgement which Providence seemed about to work.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • purport = meaning
  • Yet such must be the impression conveyed to you by what appears to be the purport of my actions.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • purport = purpose
  • "My little Pearl," said Hester, after a moment's silence, "the green letter, and on thy childish bosom, has no purport."
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • purport = meaning
  • Were I worthy to be quit of it, it would fall away of its own nature, or be transformed into something that should speak a different purport.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • purport = meaning
  • They little guessed what deadly purport lurked in those self-condemning words.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
purport = meaning or significance

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