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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 pur·port /ˈpɝˌport, ˌpɔrt/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pur·port n.
 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)

 Pur·port, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Purported; p. pr. & vb. n. Purporting.]  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) 2.0

      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,