properly


properly
prop|er|ly
W2S1 [ˈprɔpəli US ˈpra:pərli] adv
1.) especially BrE correctly, or in a way that is considered right
American Equivalent: right
The brakes don't seem to be working properly.
Then he's not doing his job properly.
Parents should teach their children to behave properly in public.
properly trained staff
2.) especially BrE completely or fully
Is the chicken properly defrosted?
The allegations were never properly investigated.
3.) formal really
Documents properly belonging to the family were taken away.
properly speaking
BrE (=really)
It isn't, properly speaking, a real science.
4.) used to say that someone is right to do something
= ↑rightly
quite/very/perfectly properly
People are, quite properly, proud of their homes.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Properly — Prop er*ly, adv. [1913 Webster] 1. In a proper manner; suitably; fitly; strictly; rightly; as, a word properly applied; a dress properly adjusted. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Individually; after one s own manner. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Now,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • properly — index as a matter of right, fairly (impartially) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • properly — ► ADVERB 1) in a proper manner. 2) in the strict sense. 3) informal, chiefly Brit. completely …   English terms dictionary

  • properly — adverb 1 correctly, or in a way that is considered right: Make sure the job is done properly. | He never explains anything properly. | Granny will be there, so behave properly. 2 especially BrE informal completely; thoroughly: Is that cake… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • properly — prop|er|ly [ prapərli ] adverb ** 1. ) in a manner that is appropriate for the purpose or situation: You re not properly dressed for this weather. He was never properly trained, so you can t really blame him if he can t do the job. 2. ) in a way… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • properly — [[t]prɒ̱pə(r)li[/t]] ♦♦♦ 1) ADV: usu ADV with v, also ADV adj If something is done properly, it is done in a correct and satisfactory way. You re too thin. You re not eating properly... There needs to be a properly informed public debate. Syn:… …   English dictionary

  • properly */*/*/ — UK [ˈprɒpə(r)lɪ] / US [ˈprɑpərlɪ] adverb 1) in a manner that is suitable for the purpose or situation You re not properly dressed for this weather. He was never properly trained, so you can t really blame him if he can t do the job. 2) in a way… …   English dictionary

  • properly — adv. 1 fittingly; suitably (do it properly). 2 accurately; correctly (properly speaking). 3 rightly (he very properly refused). 4 with decency; respectably (behave properly). 5 colloq. thoroughly (they were properly ashamed) …   Useful english dictionary

  • properly — adv. Properly is used with these adjectives: ↑accountable, ↑balanced, ↑closed, ↑educated, ↑informed, ↑insulated, ↑married, ↑organized, ↑qualified, ↑shut, ↑trained …   Collocations dictionary

  • properly*/*/ — [ˈprɒpəli] adv in a correct or suitable way You re not properly dressed for this weather.[/ex] If she doesn t behave properly, send her home.[/ex] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English


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