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English noun: purport

1. purport (communication) the intended meaning of a communication

Synonymsintent, spirit

Broader (hypernym)import, meaning, significance, signification

2. purport (cognition) the pervading meaning or tenor

SamplesCaught the general drift of the conversation.


Broader (hypernym)strain, tenor

English verb: purport

1. purport (communication) have the often specious appearance of being, intending, or claiming

SamplesThe letter purports to express people's opinion.

ExamplesThey purport to move

Pattern of useSomebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)claim

2. purport (cognition) propose or intend

SamplesI aim to arrive at noon.

Synonymsaim, propose, purpose

Pattern of useSomebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)intend, mean, think

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