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
  1. verb
    have the often specious appearance of being, intending, or claiming
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    type of:
    assert or affirm strongly; state to be true or existing
  2. verb
    propose or intend
    synonyms: aim, propose, purpose
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    type of:
    intend, mean, think
    have in mind as a purpose
  3. noun
    the intended meaning of a communication
    synonyms: intent, spirit
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    import, meaning, significance, signification
    the message that is intended or expressed or signified
  4. noun
    the pervading meaning or tenor
    synonyms: drift
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    type of:
    strain, tenor
    the general meaning or substance of an utterance
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