prop|er|lyW2S1 [ˈprɔpəli US ˈpra:pərli] adv1.) especially BrE correctly, or in a way that is considered rightAmerican 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 staff2.) especially BrE completely or fully= ↑thoroughly▪ Is the chicken properly defrosted?▪ The allegations were never properly investigated.3.) formal really▪ Documents properly belonging to the family were taken away.properly speakingBrE (=really)▪ It isn't, properly speaking, a real science.4.) used to say that someone is right to do something= ↑rightlyquite/very/perfectly properly▪ People are, quite properly, proud of their homes.
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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