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
Recent Examples on the Web The name comes from the creature’s purported habit of sucking the blood of goats and other livestock. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "The chupacabra lives on in San Antonio's Latino lore, like our Bigfoot or Loch Ness Monster," 24 Feb. 2021 One leak even offered the upcoming sequel’s purported title, claiming that the film would be called Spider-Man: Homeworlds. Chris Smith, BGR, "‘Spider-Man 3’ finally has a title: ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’," 24 Feb. 2021 The purported connections further spiral, eventually suggesting the involvement of billionaires George Soros and Bill Gates. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, "Fact check: False connections drawn between Wuhan lab, vaccine research affiliates," 31 Dec. 2020 Then came Navalny's dramatic return to Russia from Germany, his immediate arrest, and his report on Putin's purported palace, which has been viewed 100 million times on YouTube. Star Tribune, "Former supporters of Putin are joining protests and calling for Navalny's release," 30 Jan. 2021 The purported speech centers on Muslims and their place in Russia. Camille Caldera, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Russian leader Vladimir Putin never made this viral speech about Muslims," 29 Dec. 2020 According to Axios , which broke the news that Fang had fundraised for Swalwell's 2014 reelection campaign, he was briefed by intelligence officials about Fang's purported ties to the Chinese government in 2015. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "McCarthy: There are '200 other Democrats' who should be on House Intelligence Committee ahead of Eric Swalwell," 18 Dec. 2020 It’s not too much to say Texas wants the Supreme Court to betray the U.S. constitutional order in a purported effort to save it. The Editors, National Review, "Texas Unleashes an Absurd Kraken," 11 Dec. 2020 Given the artist’s enduring popularity, the fact that an Italian scholar’s purported discovery of an unknown Leonardo drawing has captured the art world’s attention should come as no surprise. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "Art Historian Claims a Newly Discovered Drawing Is the Work of Leonardo da Vinci," 23 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of purported

1836, in the meaning defined above

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5 Mar 2021

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“Purported.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purported. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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