Part of speech: verb

To signify; mean; imply.

Part of speech: noun

A meaning intended; import; significance.

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Usage examples "purport":

  1. Within a very few hours' time, Mr. Quirk received, by the hand of a trusty messenger, from Grasp, a letter written by Steggars to Mr. Parkinson; a long and eloquent letter, to the purport and effect which Steggars had intimated. - "Ten Thousand a-Year. Volume 1.", Samuel Warren.
  2. These are not his exact words; but the purport I have quoted from memory. - "Miss Ellis's Mission", Mary P. Wells Smith.
  3. The proclamation did not purport to rest upon any constitutional power, but upon war powers solely. - "The Life of Lyman Trumbull", Horace White.