Use purport when you want to convince people about something that might not be true, like when you purport that the dog ate your homework.

The verb purport can mean "to claim" — whether you mean it or not — or "to intend," like when you purport to study all night. So it makes sense that as a noun, purport means the intention or purpose, like the purport of a political candidate's speech was to get your vote. If the speech was long and hard to follow, you might be lucky just to get the purport, which here means "the main point or meaning."

Definitions of purport

v have the often specious appearance of being, intending, or claiming

“The letter purports to express people's opinion”
Type of:
assert or affirm strongly; state to be true or existing

v propose or intend

aim, propose, purpose
Type of:
intend, mean, think
have in mind as a purpose

n the intended meaning of a communication

intent, spirit
Type of:
import, meaning, significance, signification
the message that is intended or expressed or signified

n the pervading meaning or tenor

Type of:
strain, tenor
the general meaning or substance of an utterance

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