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  • 1 proper — prop|er1 W2S1 [ˈprɔpə US ˈpra:pər] adj [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: propre, from Latin proprius own ] 1.) [only before noun] right, suitable, or correct ▪ Everything was in its proper place (=where it should be) . ▪ the proper way to… …

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  • 2 proper */*/*/ — UK [ˈprɒpə(r)] / US [ˈprɑpər] adjective 1) [only before noun] suitable for the purpose or situation You have to have the proper tools for the job. That s not the proper way to do it! The problem was they didn t have a proper place to rehearse.… …

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  • 3 proper — 1 adjective 1 (only before noun, no comparative) especially BrE right, suitable, or correct: She needs proper medical attention. | Put that back in its proper place. | I went through the proper process, I wrote to my MP. 2 socially or legally… …

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  • 4 proper — properly, adv. properness, n. /prop euhr/, adj. 1. adapted or appropriate to the purpose or circumstances; fit; suitable: the proper time to plant strawberries. 2. conforming to established standards of behavior or manners; correct or decorous: a …

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  • 5 proper — /ˈprɒpə / (say propuh) adjective 1. adapted or appropriate to the purpose or circumstances; fit; suitable: the proper time to plant. 2. conforming to established standards of behaviour or manners; correct or decorous. 3. fitting; right. 4.… …

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  • 6 proper — [[t]prɒ̱pə(r)[/t]] ♦♦♦ 1) ADJ: ADJ n You use proper to describe things that you consider to be real and satisfactory rather than inadequate in some way. Two out of five people lack a proper job... I always cook a proper evening meal. 2) ADJ: ADJ… …

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  • 7 proper — prop·er adj: marked by fitness or correctness; esp: being in accordance with established procedure, law, jurisdiction, or standards of care, fairness, and justice argued that the shareholder was acting in bad faith and lacked a proper purpose for …

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  • 8 proper — [präp′ər] adj. [ME propre < OFr < L proprius, one s own] 1. specially adapted or suitable to a specific purpose or specific conditions; appropriate [the proper tool for a job] 2. naturally belonging or peculiar (to) [weather proper to… …

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  • 9 Proper — Prop er, a. [OE. propre, F. propre, fr. L. proprius. Cf. {Appropriate}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Belonging to one; one s own; individual. His proper good [i. e., his own possessions]. Chaucer. My proper son. Shak. [1913 Webster] Now learn the… …

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  • 10 Proper corolla — Proper Prop er, a. [OE. propre, F. propre, fr. L. proprius. Cf. {Appropriate}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Belonging to one; one s own; individual. His proper good [i. e., his own possessions]. Chaucer. My proper son. Shak. [1913 Webster] Now learn the… …

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  • 11 Proper flower — Proper Prop er, a. [OE. propre, F. propre, fr. L. proprius. Cf. {Appropriate}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Belonging to one; one s own; individual. His proper good [i. e., his own possessions]. Chaucer. My proper son. Shak. [1913 Webster] Now learn the… …

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  • 12 Proper fraction — Proper Prop er, a. [OE. propre, F. propre, fr. L. proprius. Cf. {Appropriate}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Belonging to one; one s own; individual. His proper good [i. e., his own possessions]. Chaucer. My proper son. Shak. [1913 Webster] Now learn the… …

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  • 13 Proper involucre — Proper Prop er, a. [OE. propre, F. propre, fr. L. proprius. Cf. {Appropriate}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Belonging to one; one s own; individual. His proper good [i. e., his own possessions]. Chaucer. My proper son. Shak. [1913 Webster] Now learn the… …

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  • 14 Proper nectary — Proper Prop er, a. [OE. propre, F. propre, fr. L. proprius. Cf. {Appropriate}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Belonging to one; one s own; individual. His proper good [i. e., his own possessions]. Chaucer. My proper son. Shak. [1913 Webster] Now learn the… …

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  • 15 Proper noun — Proper Prop er, a. [OE. propre, F. propre, fr. L. proprius. Cf. {Appropriate}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Belonging to one; one s own; individual. His proper good [i. e., his own possessions]. Chaucer. My proper son. Shak. [1913 Webster] Now learn the… …

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  • 16 Proper perianth — Proper Prop er, a. [OE. propre, F. propre, fr. L. proprius. Cf. {Appropriate}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Belonging to one; one s own; individual. His proper good [i. e., his own possessions]. Chaucer. My proper son. Shak. [1913 Webster] Now learn the… …

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  • 17 Proper receptacle — Proper Prop er, a. [OE. propre, F. propre, fr. L. proprius. Cf. {Appropriate}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Belonging to one; one s own; individual. His proper good [i. e., his own possessions]. Chaucer. My proper son. Shak. [1913 Webster] Now learn the… …

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  • 18 Suitable — Suit a*ble, a. Capable of suiting; fitting; accordant; proper; becoming; agreeable; adapted; as, ornaments suitable to one s station; language suitable for the subject. {Suit a*ble*ness}, n. {Suit a*bly}, adv. [1913 Webster] Syn: Proper; fitting; …

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  • 19 suitable — I adjective acceptable, accommodating, accordant, adapted, adequate, admissible, advantageous, advisable, applicable, apposite, appropriate, apropos, apt, aptus, becoming, befitting, commensurate, commodious, compatible, condign, conformable,… …

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  • 20 suitable — [adj] appropriate, acceptable advisable, applicable, apposite, apt, becoming, befitting, commodious, condign, convenient, copacetic, correct, cut out for*, deserved, due, expedient, felicitous, fit, fitting, good, good enough*, handy, happy, in… …

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