French translation of 'proper'
1. (= correct)
[equipment, place] approprié(e)
[procedure, way, manner] correct(e)
[word, term] correct(e)
You have to have the proper equipment. Il faut avoir l’équipement approprié.
at the proper time (= appropriate time) en temps et en heure
We will discuss all that at the proper time. Nous discuterons de tout ça en temps et en heure.(= set time) à l’heure dite
If you had come at the proper time ... Si tu étais venu à l’heure dite ...
to go through the proper channels passer par les canaux habituels
2. (= adequate) [management, training, planning, care] adéquat(e)
We need proper training. Il nous faut une formation adéquate.
3. (= real) vrai(e) (before n)
proper French bread du vrai pain français
We didn’t have a proper lunch, just sandwiches. Nous n’avons pas pris de vrai repas, juste des sandwichs.
It’s difficult to get a proper job. Il est difficile de trouver un vrai travail.
I felt a proper fool. Je me suis senti vraiment bête.
4. (= fitting) convenable
it wasn’t proper for sb to ... ce n’était pas convenable pour qn de ...
It wasn’t proper for a man to show his emotions. Ce n’était pas convenable pour un homme de montrer ses émotions.
to show proper respect to sb montrer à qn le respect qui lui est dû
to behave in a proper manner se comporter de manière correcte
it is right and proper that ... il n’est que juste que (+ subj) ...
It is right and proper that questions should be asked. Il n’est que juste que des questions soient posées.
prim and proper [person, image] très comme il faut
6. (= itself) même (after n)
the town proper la ville même
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Example Sentences Including 'proper'
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That is an entirely proper role for parents.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
Fine, but call it by its proper name.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
It's a proper co-operative relationship.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Once upon a time there were proper socialites.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
So criticising him is right and proper.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
Taking time to add proper planning to creative ideas ensures people take you seriously.The Sun (2014)
The world is in a proper pickle right now.The Sun (2009)
They get three proper meals a day.The Sun (2011)
Think of it more as a kind of mountain hut, only one with proper rooms.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
You no longer need to cut your hair to get a proper job.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
You take a realistic look at cash while proper planning gets good results.The Sun (2016)
You would have to have policies on gifts and hospitality and put in place proper training programmes.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
That was not simply a failing of the fit and proper person test, though.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
They will put a proper structure in place.Times, Sunday Times (2015)
We could spend hours considering our cultural reluctance to treat football management as a proper job.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
Would it have killed the owners to choose a proper name for their restaurant instead?Times, Sunday Times (2010)
Because what the Government has in mind is a means of stuffing the press good and proper.The Sun (2017)
But he sent me a really nice email saying sorry and it takes a proper person to apologise.The Sun (2016)
But neither of us considered it a proper relationship.The Sun (2012)
He wanted me to read what he considered proper books.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
No proper names and no plurals.The Sun (2008)
The liberals who clamour for more overseas aid will tell you this is all right and proper.The Sun (2017)
This is the correct and proper process.Times, Sunday Times (2015)
This means she doesn't need a proper job.Times, Sunday Times (2017)
This will be a proper meal for under a tenner.The Sun (2008)
This woman is not free to have a proper relationship with you.The Sun (2013)
We again emphasise that this was an entirely proper arrangement reflecting the circumstances of the time.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
We need proper rights for workers.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
We need to move back to proper meals.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
We were both very excited at turning our casual relationship into a proper one.The Sun (2013)
We now need to consider a proper separation of powers.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
It would have been judged right and proper for him to have thrown her out.A Channel of Peace (1993)
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'proper' in Other Languages
British English: proper /ˈprɒpə/ ADJECTIVE
You use proper to describe things that you consider to be real or satisfactory.
I've just started a proper job with security, a pension, and good prospects.
- American English: proper
- Arabic: مُنَاسِب
- Brazilian Portuguese: próprio
- Chinese: 适当的
- Croatian: pravi
- Czech: řádný
- Danish: korrekt
- Dutch: gepast
- European Spanish: apropiado correcto
- Finnish: kunnon
- French: correct
- German: echt
- Greek: κατάλληλος
- Italian: opportuno
- Japanese: 適切な
- Korean: 적합한
- Norwegian: ekte
- Polish: właściwy
- European Portuguese: próprio
- Romanian: adecvat
- Russian: надлежащий
- Spanish: apropiado
- Swedish: riktig
- Thai: เหมาะสม
- Turkish: doğru dürüst
- Ukrainian: відповідний
- Vietnamese: thực sự
Translation of proper from the Collins English to French Dictionary