pur·port • v. / pərˈpôrt/ appear or claim to be or do something, esp. falsely; profess: she is not the person she purports to be.• n. / ˈpərˌpôrt/ the meaning or substance of something, typically a document or speech: I do not understand the purport of your remarks. ∎ the purpose of a person or thing: the purport of existence.DERIVATIVES: pur·port·ed·ly adv.
So purport vb. state, mean. XVI. — OF. purporter.