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Meaning of “properly” in the English Dictionary

"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 ​particularsituation; 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 ​followssociallyacceptablestandards: 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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