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noun

The meaning or sense or import, as in the main purport of the article; also the purpose or intent, as in the purport of the trip to Italy.

verb

To present, especially deliberately, the appearance of being something; to profess or claim, often falsely, as in the document purporting to be legal.

In a secular age, an authentic miracle must purport to be a hoax, in order to gain credit in the world.

—Angela Carter Nights at the Circus (1984)

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