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 book begins as the purported journal writings of high school sophomore Xiomara Batista. Constance Grady, Vox, "We read all 25 National Book Award finalists for 2018. Here’s what we thought.," 15 Nov. 2018 Revoking access to the White House complex is a reaction out of line to the purported offense and is unacceptable. Joe Flint, WSJ, "White House Suspends CNN Correspondent Jim Acosta’s Press Pass," 7 Nov. 2018 Police watched the Bo-Mak truck and eventually pulled it over for a purported traffic violation. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Cheese danish shipping, warrantless GPS trackers, and a border doctrine challenge," 2 Sep. 2018 Historical displays detail the undercover work of purported (and executed) spy Mata Hari, cookbook author Julia Child and film director John Ford. Katherine Rodeghier, chicagotribune.com, "7 quirky museums explore male anatomy, marzipan, pencil sharpeners and more," 28 Feb. 2018 The Tribune reported that the database listed more than 12,000 purported gang members who were now 50 or older. Annie Sweeney, chicagotribune.com, "Lawsuit alleges Chicago Police Department's massive gang database discriminatory and inaccurate," 19 June 2018 Instead, the administration released a list of 210 Russian leaders and billionaires with purported ties to Putin in order to show that the administration was watching them. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Vladimir Putin wins Russia’s presidential election," 18 Mar. 2018 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

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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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