mean vs purport

purport vs mean

mean and purport both are nouns.

mean is an adjective but purport is not an adjective.

mean and purport both are verbs.

As verbs, purport is a hyponym of mean; that is, purport is a word with a more specific, narrower meaning than mean:
  • mean: have in mind as a purpose
  • purport: propose or intend
Other hyponyms of mean include design, plan, be after, propose, purpose, aim.
mean (noun) purport (noun)
an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n the intended meaning of a communication
the pervading meaning or tenor
mean (adjective) purport (adjective)
approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value
characterized by malice
having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality
marked by poverty befitting a beggar
(used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity
(used of sums of money) so small in amount as to deserve contempt
of no value or worth
very good; of the highest quality
mean (verb) purport (verb)
mean or intend to express or convey have the often specious appearance of being, intending, or claiming
have as a logical consequence propose or intend
denote or connote
have in mind as a purpose
have a specified degree of importance
intend to refer to
destine or designate for a certain purpose
Difference between mean and purport

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