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PURPORT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does purport mean? 

PURPORT (noun)
  The noun PURPORT has 2 senses:

1. the intended meaning of a communication
2. the pervading meaning or tenor

  Familiarity information: PURPORT used as a noun is rare.


PURPORT (verb)
  The verb PURPORT has 2 senses:

1. have the often specious appearance of being, intending, or claiming
2. propose or intend

  Familiarity information: PURPORT used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PURPORT (noun)


Sense 1purport [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The intended meaning of a communication

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

purport; intent; spirit

Hypernyms ("purport" is a kind of...):

import; meaning; significance; signification (the message that is intended or expressed or signified)


Sense 2purport [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The pervading meaning or tenor

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

purport; drift

Context example:

caught the general drift of the conversation

Hypernyms ("purport" is a kind of...):

strain; tenor (the general meaning or substance of an utterance)


PURPORT (verb)


Sense 1purport [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Have the often specious appearance of being, intending, or claiming

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

The letter purports to express people's opinion

Hypernyms (to "purport" is one way to...):

claim (assert or affirm strongly; state to be true or existing)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Sentence example:

They purport to move


Sense 2purport [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Propose or intend

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

purpose; purport; aim; propose

Context example:

I aim to arrive at noon

Hypernyms (to "purport" is one way to...):

intend; mean; think (have in mind as a purpose)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE


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