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English definition of “properly”

properly

adverb uk   /ˈprɒp.əl.i/ us    /ˈprɑː.pɚ.li/

properly adverb (CORRECTLY)

correctly, or in a satisfactory way: It's still not working properly. I'm not properly dressed for this sort of weather. I think you should take it somewhere to have it mended properly. Come on, Evie, speak properly - you're not a baby any more!

properly adverb (SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE)

formal in a socially and morally acceptable way: Most vegetables should be eaten with a fork but asparagus can be properly eaten with the fingers.
(Definition of properly from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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