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proper

[prɒ̱pə(r)]

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  1. ADJ: ADJ n You use proper to describe things that you consider to be real and satisfactory rather than inadequate in some way.

  2. ADJ: ADJ n The proper thing is the one that is correct or most suitable.

  3. ADJ-GRADED: usu v-link ADJ If you say that a way of behaving is proper, you mean that it is considered socially acceptable and right.

  4. ADJ: n ADJ You can add proper after a word to indicate that you are referring to the central and most important part of a place, event, or object and want to distinguish it from other things which are not regarded as being important or central to it.

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prɒ̱pə(r)Neuter nounADJ You use proper to describe things that you consider to be real and satisfactory rather than inadequate in some way.Examples

Two out of five people lack a proper job...
I always cook a proper evening meal.

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proper

noun
SingularPlural
Common caseproper*propers
Possessive caseproper's*propers'