Definition of properly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈprɒp(ə)li/


1Correctly or satisfactorily: ensuring the work is carried out properly a properly drafted agreement
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  • I need a keeper, someone who can make me nice meals and make sure I eat properly.
  • I got better because someone before me taught me how to eat properly.
  • I haven't eaten properly for a few days and my sleeping has been erratic.
1.1Appropriately for the circumstances; suitably or respectably: I’m trying to get my mother to behave properly
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  • They were behaving more properly, more respectably, than middle-class people at a funeral.
  • Not knowing what to expect, I decided to dress properly and make a very good first impression.
  • You are never going to convert hard-line extremists by behaving properly, David concedes.
2 [sentence adverb] In the strict sense; exactly: algebra is, properly speaking, the analysis of equations
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  • The drive properly speaking, in the only sense faithful to Freud's discovery, is sexuality.
3 [usually as submodifier] informal, chiefly British Thoroughly; completely: on the first day she felt properly well, Millie sat out on the front steps
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  • The learned District Judge failed to take that fully and properly into account when she considered her order.
  • Nor, I suggest, are we in this court in a position to explore it properly.

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