Definition of 'proper'
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The liberals who clamour for more overseas aid will tell you this is all right and proper. The Sun (2017)You take a realistic look at cash while proper planning gets good results. The Sun (2016)Once upon a time there were proper socialites. Times, Sunday Times (2016)We need to move back to proper meals. Times, Sunday Times (2016)But he sent me a really nice email saying sorry and it takes a proper person to apologise. The Sun (2016)We need proper rights for workers. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Fine, but call it by its proper name. Times, Sunday Times (2016)This means she doesn't need a proper job. Times, Sunday Times (2017)Because what the Government has in mind is a means of stuffing the press good and proper. The Sun (2017)It's a proper co-operative relationship. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The world is in a proper pickle right now. The Sun (2009)We now need to consider a proper separation of powers. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Would it have killed the owners to choose a proper name for their restaurant instead? Times, Sunday Times (2010)Taking time to add proper planning to creative ideas ensures people take you seriously. The Sun (2014)We were both very excited at turning our casual relationship into a proper one. The Sun (2013)You no longer need to cut your hair to get a proper job. Times, Sunday Times (2016)You would have to have policies on gifts and hospitality and put in place proper training programmes. Times, Sunday Times (2010)We again emphasise that this was an entirely proper arrangement reflecting the circumstances of the time. Times, Sunday Times (2011)This is the correct and proper process. Times, Sunday Times (2015)This will be a proper meal for under a tenner. The Sun (2008)So criticising him is right and proper. Times, Sunday Times (2009)He wanted me to read what he considered proper books. Times, Sunday Times (2012)This woman is not free to have a proper relationship with you. The Sun (2013)We could spend hours considering our cultural reluctance to treat football management as a proper job. Times, Sunday Times (2009)They will put a proper structure in place. Times, Sunday Times (2015)That is an entirely proper role for parents. Times, Sunday Times (2010)They get three proper meals a day. The Sun (2011)It would have been judged right and proper for him to have thrown her out. A Channel of Peace (1993)But neither of us considered it a proper relationship. The Sun (2012)No proper names and no plurals. The Sun (2008)Think of it more as a kind of mountain hut, only one with proper rooms. Times, Sunday Times (2014)That was not simply a failing of the fit and proper person test, though. Times, Sunday Times (2010)
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Translations for 'proper'
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
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