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



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 Originlate 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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