Definition of 'purport'
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There is some ghastly stuff on the web that purports to give advice and ideas. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The group posted video footage online purporting to show the men before and after their deaths. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Like-for-like sales are a measure that purports to give a view of the underlying trading strength of retailers. Times, Sunday Times (2010)All it seems to do is parrot statistics purporting to show crime has improved since it took office. The Sun (2008)Such books purport to be works of history, yet they are rarely written by historians. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Although not a documentary, a biopic purports to tell a true story. Times, Sunday Times (2015)If you want to learn about them, read this book that purports to be a biography. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Her book purports to be a nobleman's account of his love affair with a married woman. Words Of Love: Passionate Women from Heloise to Sylvia Plath (2006)The book doesn't purport to be a kitchen companion and culinary tips are few and far between. Times, Sunday Times (2015)I have here four letters which purport to come from the missing man. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892)At least one local council in England is puzzled to have received a letter purporting to come from the business. Times, Sunday Times (2006)They feel betrayed by the people who purport to represent them but do so with such little conviction, skill or success. Times, Sunday Times (2015)It's an outmoded idea more often than not mooted by the media on behalf of the fans they purport to represent. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Security officials claim that doctored images purporting to show atrocities and posted on the internet helped to set off riots in Mumbai. Times, Sunday Times (2012)So it was disappointing that five big organisations purporting to represent the voluntary sector recently issued a ringing endorsement of the revised Compact. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Many activists have received messages purporting to offer an app used by the protesters, but which actually installed software that covertly monitored their phone. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Online protests include hundreds of Chinese dog owners who have bombarded social media with photographs of their pets alongside messages purporting to come from the dogs. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Or, rather, from a website purporting to represent him. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The principal purport of his letter was to inform them that Mr. Wickham had resolved on quitting the militia. Pride and Prejudice (1813)But, with blanket publicity guaranteed, the number of those purporting to represent the men has grown steadily. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The experience of immigration, in particular, has led some voters to be tempted by a strong voice purporting to offer splendid isolation and patriotism. Times, Sunday Times (2014)
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British English: purport VERB
If you say that someone or something purports to do or be a particular thing, you mean that they claim to do or be that thing, although you may not always believe that claim.
...a book that purports to tell the whole truth.
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