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purport

verb [T + to infinitive] uk   /pəˈpɔːt/ us    /pɝːˈpɔːrt/ formal
to pretend to be or to do something, especially in a way that is not easy to believe: They purport to represent the wishes of the majority of parents at the school. The study purports to show an increase in the incidence of the disease. The tape recording purports to be of a conversation between the princess and a secret admirer.

purport

noun [U] uk   /ˈpɜː.pɔːt/ us    /ˈpɝː.pɔːrt/ formal
the general meaning of someone's words or actions: I didn't read it all but I think the purport of the letter was that he will not be returning for at least a year.
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