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

BrE BrE//ˈpɜːpɔːt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrpɔːrt//
 
[singular] the purport of something (formal) the general meaning of something The purport of his remarks was all too clear.
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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