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"properly" in British English

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properlyadverb

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 kind of weather. I think you should take it somewhere to have it repaired properly. Come on, Evie, speak properly - you're not a baby any more!

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(Definition of properly from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"properly" in American English

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properlyadverb

 us   /ˈprɑp·ər·li/
  • properly adverb (SUITABLY)

in a way that is right for a particular situation; suitably: If the plants are tended properly, they’ll thrive in this climate.
  • properly adverb (CORRECTLY)

in a way that is considered to be correct; correctly: To learn to speak a language properly, you have to live in the country where that language is spoken.
  • properly adverb (ACCEPTABLY)

in a way that follows socially acceptable standards: I expect you to behave properly at the restaurant.
(Definition of properly from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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