pur·​port·​ed | \ (ˌ)pər-ˈpȯr-təd How to pronounce purported (audio) \

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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In February, Vicki Sakers, 41, was charged in the death of a purported friend, Candace Moreland, 37, who died from an overdose on Dec. 16, 2017, at Sakers’ residence west of Lantana. Marc Freeman, sun-sentinel.com, "Florida law now treats drug dealers as killers — and it’s bringing a rise in murder cases," 14 June 2019 Werksman downplayed his client's purported wealth in a brief interview with CNN, saying, for example, that the Maserati was leased. Scott Glover, CNN, "US Customs supervisor had 'highly suspicious' contact with Chinese officials, prosecutors say," 13 June 2019 Now, after the purported policy change, H-4 visa and work permit applications are being processed separately from the H-1B, the suit alleged. Ethan Baron, The Mercury News, "H-1B visa: Government unlawfully delaying H-4 applications, lawsuit claims," 11 June 2019 For some, Trump presents their purported crime as simply not being nice to him. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Debate About the Best Way to Get Donald Trump Out of Office," 6 June 2019 The Dead Sea’s salt and mineral-rich mud are also touted for their purported skin benefits. Abby Sewell, National Geographic, "Discover the best beaches in the Middle East," 29 May 2019 Their purported offense: overpaying the notorious head of the works council, Uwe Hück. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "Porsche CEO's Office Raided by German Prosecutors," 29 May 2019 His conversion was also interpreted as a rebuke to the Roman Catholic Church, which had ignored General Rios Montt’s pleas to denounce the purported electoral fraud of 1974. John Otis, BostonGlobe.com, "Efrain Rios Montt, 91, Guatemalan dictator convicted of genocide," 1 Apr. 2018 If Arsenal were able to complete the deal, despite Dortmund's purported stalling in order to search for a suitable replacement, the Gabon international would join his former teammate Henrikh Mkhitaryan at the Emirates. SI.com, "For a Few Dollars More: Arsenal Become 1st Sports Team to Sign Cryptocurrency Sponsorship Deal," 24 Jan. 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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