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

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Chris Garrett: Garrett is another friend and classmate of Kavanaugh’s who was purportedly in attendance at a July 1, 1982, gathering of friends. Li Zhou, Vox, "A running list of everyone the FBI has interviewed in the Kavanaugh investigation so far," 3 Oct. 2018 The cold brews here are popular—fitting, since Jewel is purportedly the pioneer of cold brew coffee in Singapore. Annette Tan, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Best Cafes in Singapore," 4 Mar. 2018 The supercomputer that was purportedly used was not supposed to be connected to the Internet for security reasons. Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, "Nuclear scientists logged on to one of Russia’s most secure computers — to mine bitcoin," 9 Feb. 2018 But the volumes purportedly ended up on the desks of some Argentine court justices who were ruling on the appeals of the Rev. Julio Grassi. Fox News, "Pope role in study of Argentine sex abuse case in spotlight," 18 Sep. 2018 The network launched an internal investigation, during which the Times claims that CBS' chief compliance officer Mark Engstrom submitted footage of Dushku cursing on set, purportedly to undermine her complaints. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "CBS Confirms It Paid Actress Eliza Dushku $9.5 Million to Settle Harassment Claims," 15 Dec. 2018 That would be a peculiar position for a purportedly pro-business group to take, since EITE is all about protecting in-state business competitiveness. David Roberts, Vox, "Big Oil is using brute financial force to kill 2 state sustainability initiatives," 4 Nov. 2018 The border has been relatively quiet, but the sides have come into conflict in Syria, where Israel has carried out scores of airstrikes purportedly meant to prevent Iranian arms from reaching Hezbollah. Josef Federman, The Seattle Times, "Israeli operation targets Hezbollah cross-border tunnels," 3 Dec. 2018 The screenshots have no specific origin; users from Canada to the UK have purportedly received it. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Someone hacked printers worldwide, urging people to subscribe to PewDiePie," 30 Nov. 2018

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1942, in the meaning defined above

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