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purport

verb [T + to infinitive]     /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.Seeming and purporting to beFaking and pretendingFaking and pretending
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