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  3  definitions  found 
  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. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  the  intended  meaning  of  a  communication  [syn:  {intent},  {spirit}] 
  2:  general  meaning  or  tenor:  "caught  the  drift  of  the 
  conversation"  [syn:  {drift}] 
  v  1:  have  the  often  specious  appearance  of  being  intending,  or 
  claiming;  "The  letter  purports  to  express  people's 
  2:  propose  or  intend;  "I  aim  to  arrive  at  noon"  [syn:  {aim},  {purpose}, 

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