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prop·er

 (prŏp′ər)
adj.
1. Characterized by appropriateness or suitability; fitting: the proper knife for cutting bread; not a proper moment for a joke.
2. Called for by rules or conventions; correct: the proper form for a business letter.
3. Strictly following rules or conventions, especially in social behavior; seemly: a proper lady; a proper gentleman.
4.
a. Belonging to one; own: restored to his proper shape by the magician.
b. Characteristically belonging to the being or thing in question; peculiar: an optical effect proper to fluids.
5. Being within the strictly limited sense, as of a term designating something: the town proper, excluding the suburbs.
6. Ecclesiastical For use in the liturgy of a particular feast or season of the year.
7. Mathematics Of or relating to a subset of a given set when the set has at least one element not in the subset.
8. Worthy of the name; true: wanted a proper dinner, not just a snack.
9. Out-and-out; thorough: a proper whipping.
adv.
Thoroughly: beat the eggs good and proper.
n. also Proper Ecclesiastical
The portion of the liturgy that varies according to the particular feast or season of the year.

[Middle English propre, from Old French, from Latin proprius; see per in Indo-European roots.]

prop′er·ly adv.
prop′er·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.properly - in the right manner; "please do your job properly!"; "can't you carry me decent?"
improperly - in an improper way; "he checked whether the wound had healed improperly"
2.properly - with reason or justice

properly

adverb
1. correctly, rightly, fittingly, appropriately, legitimately, accurately, suitably, aptly, deservedly, as intended, in the true sense, in the accepted or approved manner The debate needs to be conducted properly.
correctly wrongly, incorrectly, improperly, inappropriately, inaccurately, unsuitably, inaptly, unfittingly

properly

adverb
In a fair, sporting manner:
Translations
بِشَكْلٍ مُنَاسِببِصورَةٍ صَحيحَهبصورةٍ كامِلَه
pečlivěpodrobněřádněsprávně
korrektordentligt
kunnolla
ispravno
almennilegarétt, á réttan hátt
適切に
적절하게
pravilno
på rätt sätt
อย่างถูกต้อง
một cách đúng đắn

properly

[ˈprɒpəlɪ] ADV
1. (= suitably, adequately) → adecuadamente, apropiadamente
the staff are not properly trainedel personal no está adecuadamente or apropiadamente capacitado
not properly dressed (for occasion) → no vestido de la manera adecuada; (for activity) → no vestido de la manera apropiada
I had not eaten properly for the past few dayshacía unos días que no comía como es debido
2. (= correctly) [function, work] → bien
sit up properly! (to child) → ¡siéntate como es debido!
if you don't sit up properly you can damage your backsi no te sientas correctamente, puedes fastidiarte la espalda
if you can't behave properly I'll have to take you homesi no te portas bien, tendremos que irnos a casa
to do sth properlyhacer algo bien or como es debido
we haven't got the money to do the job properlyno tenemos dinero para hacer bien el trabajo or para hacer el trabajo como es debido
properly speakinghablando con propiedad, propiamente dicho
the process is not properly understoodno se sabe exactamente en qué consiste el proceso
3. (= in seemly fashion) → correctamente
to behave properlyportarse correctamente
she very properly refusedse negó a ello e hizo bien
4. (= really, thoroughly) → verdaderamente
we were properly ashamed/puzzledestábamos verdaderamente avergonzados/confundidos

properly

[ˈprɒpərli] adv
(= in the correct way) [work, function] → correctement
to do sth properly
You're not doing it properly → Tu ne t'y prends pas correctement.
(= adequately) [prepared, trained, funded, informed] → correctement; [eat, read, concentrate] → correctement
(= in an appropriate way) [dress, behave] → convenablement
Dress properly for your interview → Habille-toi convenablement pour ton entretien.proper name nnom m propreproper noun nnom m propre

properly

adv
(= correctly)richtig; properly speakinggenau genommen, streng genommen; Holland, more properly called the NetherlandsHolland, eigentlich or richtiger die Niederlande; Irish is properly called GaelicIrisch heißt korrekt Gälisch
(= in seemly fashion)anständig; to conduct oneself properlysich korrekt verhalten; she very properly refusedsie hat sich zu Recht geweigert
(= justifiably)zu Recht
(inf: = really, thoroughly) → ganz schön (inf)

properly

[ˈprɒpəlɪ] adv
a. (correctly, speak, write) → bene, come si deve; (use) → in modo giusto
she very properly refused → ha giustamente rifiutato
properly speaking → propriamente parlando
b. (in seemly fashion) → correttamente, decentemente
not properly dressed → vestito/a in maniera sconveniente
c. (fam) (really, thoroughly) → veramente

proper

(ˈpropə) adjective
1. right, correct, or suitable. That isn't the proper way to clean the windows; You should have done your schoolwork at the proper time – it's too late to start now.
2. complete or thorough. Have you made a proper search?
3. respectable or well-mannered. Such behaviour isn't quite proper.
ˈproperly adverb
1. correctly or rightly. She can't pronounce his name properly.
2. completely or thoroughly. I didn't have time to read the book properly.
proper noun/name
a noun or name which names a particular person, thing or place (beginning with a capital letter). `John' and `New York' are proper nouns.

properly

بِشَكْلٍ مُنَاسِب řádně korrekt richtig κατάλληλα correctamente kunnolla correctement ispravno correttamente 適切に 적절하게 op de juiste manier på rett måte właściwie propriamente надлежащим образом på rätt sätt อย่างถูกต้อง doğru dürüst một cách đúng đắn 适当地
References in classic literature ?
If it properly accomplishes this main purpose, when the reader finishes it he should feel that his understanding of life and of people has been increased and broadened.
After what I have already written, you will understand that the existence of a sound provision, unknown to us, in the Trust, which has been properly carried out by the admiral -- or which can be properly carried out by his representatives -would be necessarily fatal to our hopes.
No well-informed man will suppose that the affairs of such a confederacy can be properly regulated by a government less comprehensive in its organs or institutions than that which has been proposed by the convention.
I can introduce him to Anna, he looks at it properly.
I believe that this follows from severities[*] being badly or properly used.
Stay with me; if you will do the work of my house properly for me, I will make you very happy.
But though in this particular, and perhaps in their success, the truth-finder and the gold-finder may very properly be compared together; yet in modesty, surely, there can be no comparison between the two; for who ever heard of a gold-finder that had the impudence or folly to assert, from the ill success of his search, that there was no such thing as gold in the world?
The conversation to which I allude, occurred between me and a very respectable looking shirt, that I happened to be hanging next to on a line, a few days after my arrival; the colonel having judged it prudent to get me washed and properly ironed, before he carried me into the "market.
Both of them are comprised in the articles of Confederation, with this difference only, that the former is disembarrassed, by the plan of the convention, of an exception, under which treaties might be substantially frustrated by regulations of the States; and that a power of appointing and receiving "other public ministers and consuls," is expressly and very properly added to the former provision concerning ambassadors.
The red rooster has often said that my cluck and my cackle were quite perfect; and now it's a comfort to know I am talking properly.
The knowledge of the master is to be able properly to employ his slaves, for the mastership of slaves is the employment, not the mere possession of them; not that this knowledge contains anything great or respectable; for what a slave ought to know how to do, that a master ought to know how to order; for which reason, those who have it in their power to be free from these low attentions, employ a steward for this business, and apply themselves either to public affairs or philosophy: the knowledge of procuring what is necessary for a family is different from that which belongs either to the master or the slave: and to do this justly must be either by war or hunting.
At that moment the master himself entered, and having had to complain that his oxen had not been properly fed, he went up to their racks and cried out: "Why is there such a scarcity of fodder?