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Princeton's WordNet

  1. properly, decently, decent, in good order, right, the right wayadverb

    in the right manner

    "please do your job properly!"; "can't you carry me decent?"

  2. by rights, properlyadverb

    with reason or justice


  1. properlyadverb

    in a proper manner

  2. properlyadverb

    individually; in one's own manner

    Now herkenyth how I bar me properly. uE000151315uE001 Chaucer.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Properlyadverb

    Etymology: from proper.

    What dies but what has life
    And sin? the body properly hath neither. John Milton.

    The miseries of life are not properly owing to the unequal distribution of things. Jonathan Swift.

    There is a sense in which the works of every man, good as well as bad, are properly his own. John Rogers.


  1. properly

    Properly refers to the correct, appropriate, or suitable way of doing something. It describes any action that conforms to accepted standards, rules, or expectations. It implies appropriate behavior or conduct within a specific context, situation, or environment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Properlyadverb

    in a proper manner; suitably; fitly; strictly; rightly; as, a word properly applied; a dress properly adjusted

  2. Properlyadverb

    individually; after one's own manner

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'properly' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2034

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'properly' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1030

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'properly' in Adverbs Frequency: #159

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of properly in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of properly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of properly in a Sentence

  1. Falwell Jr.:

    Other than God and my family, there is nothing in the world I love more than Liberty University, i am saddened that University officials, with whom I have shared so much success and enjoyed such positive relationships, jumped to conclusions about the claims made against my character, failed to properly investigate them, and then damaged my reputation following my forced resignation.

  2. Clifford Bassett:

    It is never 100 percent safe to reintroduce a food that you suspect you or your child has as an allergy to— particularly a peanut allergy responsible for severe, life-threatening reactions, always work with a trained professional— a board-certified allergist that is equipped to properly evaluate you, gauge the risks, and treat you correctly so that you're out of harm's way.

  3. Michael Fallon:

    Some 100 left during the course of the training by agreement with the Libyan authorities, the remainder have all now been returned properly to Libya, apart from five who remain in custody and a very small handful who have claimed asylum.

  4. South Korean negotiator Jeong Eun-bo:

    The decision by the U.S. side to implement the unpaid leave for our workers as planned does not properly reflect the situation of the negotiations and we think this is regrettable, we urge the U.S. to take measures to ensure the workers subject to the furlough scheme can swiftly return to work.

  5. White House:

    I would not envision a long extension of funding at current levels, but rather enough time for Congress to finally convene the talks, reach an agreement and implement it, thereby avoiding a government shutdown but also insuring that our national security and economic priorities are properly funded.

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Translations for properly

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  • كما يجب, كما ينبغيArabic
  • richtig, ordentlich, ordnungsgemäßGerman
  • δεόντως, σωστά, καθωσπρέπειGreek
  • correctamenteSpanish
  • به درستیPersian
  • oikeinFinnish
  • correctement, proprement, convenablementFrench
  • अच्छी तरह, ठीक, ठीक तरह सेHindi
  • dengan baikIndonesian
  • correttamente, in maniera appropriata, con cognizione di causa, propriamenteItalian
  • 適切Japanese
  • ordentligNorwegian
  • правильно, хорошенько, как следует, соответственно, должным образомRussian
  • uygun şekildeTurkish
  • ٹھیکUrdu

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proceed or issue forth, as from a source
A summon
B render
C cleave
D emanate

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