Definition of “purport” - English Dictionary

“purport” in British English

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purportverb [ T + to infinitive ]

uk /pəˈpɔːt/ us /pɝːˈpɔːrt/ formal

purportnoun [ 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.

(Definition of “purport” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“purport” in American English

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purportverb [ + to infinitive ]

us /pərˈpɔrt/ fml

to claim that something is true, but without proof:

The story purports to explain the origin of the game of chess.

(Definition of “purport” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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