pur·port·ed | \(ˌ)pər-ˈpȯr-təd \

Definition of purported 

: reputed, alleged took gullible tourists to purported ancient sites

Examples of purported in a Sentence

the purported value of the estate

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The podcast's most recent season, which premiered on July 3, focuses on an individual who, in his own twisted way, purported to do the same thing. refinery29.com, "The New Season Of You Must Remember This Explores Hollywood’s First Fake News Hoax," 9 July 2018 Gowdy then berated Strzok over the content of his text messages, his purported bias against Trump and why he was taken off of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling into the 2016 election. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "Gowdy slams Strzok: 'I don't give a damn what you appreciate'," 13 July 2018 Neither paper reviewed Led Zeppelin's performance, but there's a purported bootleg recording of it on YouTube. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In its first years, Summerfest had its rock-fest rivals. One of them even booked Led Zeppelin.," 2 July 2018 And there was no evident progress on a Chinese commitment to buy more American agricultural and energy products, the purported goal of the meeting. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Trump's trade war makes enemies out of longtime U.S. allies," 4 June 2018 In March 2017, the Smoking Gun website published an article that purported to include that message, in an exchange with Stone. Ken Dilanian /, NBC News, "The timing, the proof, the details: Takeaways from Mueller's new indictments," 13 July 2018 O’Reilly suggested that the magnifying glasses were used to examine a still image from the video purported to show Gore was the shooter. David Owens, courant.com, "Hartford Man Sentenced To 60 Years In Prison For 2017 Murder," 2 July 2018 Perched on a rolling hillside, Poland Spring Resort once attracted presidents, movie stars, sports figures, and urban swells to enjoy the purported benefits of the waters and to play the scenic course. Patricia Harris And David Lyon, BostonGlobe.com, "Goin’ up the country: The rustic appeal of Maine’s Route 26," 21 June 2018 The original federal judge recused himself, saying a number of friends are among purported victims. Washington Post, "Mississippi man pleads guilty in timber fraud scheme," 9 May 2018

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1836, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of purported

: said to be true or real but not definitely true or real

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