- 1to claim to be something or to have done something, when this may not be true synonym profess
- 2 The book does not purport to be a complete history of the period.
NAmE//pərˈpɔrt//purport to be/have something(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they purport
he / she / it purports
past simple purported
-ing form purporting