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English Dictionary: purport by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
purport
n
  1. the intended meaning of a communication [syn: intent, purport, spirit]
  2. the pervading meaning or tenor; "caught the general drift of the conversation"
    Synonym(s): drift, purport
v
  1. have the often specious appearance of being, intending, or claiming; "The letter purports to express people's opinion"
  2. propose or intend; "I aim to arrive at noon"
    Synonym(s): aim, purpose, purport, propose
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Purport \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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Purport \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.
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