Definitions for: Purport

[n] general meaning or tenor; "caught the drift of the conversation"
[n] the intended meaning of a communication
[v] propose or intend; "I aim to arrive at noon"
[v] have the often specious appearance of being, intending, or claiming; "The letter purports to express people's opinion"

Webster (1913) Definition: Pur"port, n. [OF. purport; pur, pour, for (L. pro) +
porter to bear, carry. See Port demeanor.]
1. Design or tendency; meaning; import; tenor.

The whole scope and purport of that dialogue.
Norris. With a look so piteous in purport As if he
had been loosed out of hell. -- Shak.

2. Disguise; covering. [Obs.]

For she her sex under that strange purport Did use
to hide. --Spenser.

Pur"port, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Purported; p. pr. &
vb. n. Purporting.] [OF. purporter, pourporter. See
Purport, n.]
To intend to show; to intend; to mean; to signify; to import;
-- often with an object clause or infinitive.

They in most grave and solemn wise unfolded Matter
which little purported. --Rowe.

Synonyms: aim, drift, intent, propose, purpose, spirit

See Also: claim, import, intend, mean, meaning, significance, signification, strain, tenor, think

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