Definition of purport verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

purport

 verb
verbVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they purport
BrE BrE//pəˈpɔːt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pərˈpɔːrt//
 
he / she / it purports
BrE BrE//pəˈpɔːts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pərˈpɔːrts//
 
past simple purported
BrE BrE//pəˈpɔːtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pərˈpɔːrtɪd//
 
past participle purported
BrE BrE//pəˈpɔːtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pərˈpɔːrtɪd//
 
-ing form purporting
BrE BrE//pəˈpɔːtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pərˈpɔːrtɪŋ//
 
 
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BrE BrE//pəˈpɔːt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pərˈpɔːrt//
 
purport to be/have something (formal) to claim to be something or to have done something, when this may not be true synonym profess The book does not purport to be a complete history of the period.
Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘express, signify’): from Old French purporter, from medieval Latin proportare, from Latin pro- ‘forth’ + portare ‘carry, bear’. The sense ‘appear to be’ dates from the late 18th cent.
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