US: /ˈpɹɑpɝ/
UK: /pɹˈɒpɐ/

English Vietnamese dictionary

proper /proper/
  • tính từ
    • đúng, thích đáng, thích hợp
      • at the proper time: đúng lúc, phải lúc
      • in the proper way: đúng lề lối, đúng cách thức
    • đúng, đúng đắn, chính xác
      • the proper meaning of a word: nghĩa đúng (nghĩa đen) của một từ đó
    • ((thường) đặt sau danh từ) thật sự, đích thực, đích thị, đích thân, bản thân
      • within the sphere of architecture proper: trong lĩnh vực kiến trúc thật sự
      • proper fraction: (toán học) phân số thật sự (bé hơn đơn vị)
    • riêng, riêng biệt
      • the books proper to this subject: những cuốn sách nói riêng về vấn đề này
      • proper noun: (ngôn ngữ học) danh từ riêng
    • (thông tục) hoàn toàn, thực sự, đích đáng, ra trò
      • to give someone a proper beating: nện cho ai một trận ra trò
    • đúng đắn, đúng mực, hợp thức, hợp lệ, chỉnh
      • proper behaviour: thái độ cư xử đúng đắn
    • (từ cổ,nghĩa cổ) chính, đích
      • with one's proper eyes: bằng chính mắt mình, đích mắt mình trông thấy
    • (từ cổ,nghĩa cổ) đẹp trai
      • a proper man: một người đẹp trai
    • có màu tự nhiên (ở huy chương, huy hiệu)
      • a peacock proper: con công màu tự nhiên (ở huy chương, huy hiêu)

Advanced English dictionary

+ adjective
1 [only before noun] (especially BrE) right, appropriate or correct; according to the rules: We should have had a proper discussion before voting. + Please follow the proper procedures for dealing with complaints. + Nothing is in its proper place.
2 [only before noun] (BrE, spoken) that you consider to be real and satisfactory: Eat some proper food, not just toast and jam! + When are you going to get a proper job?
3 socially and morally acceptable: It is right and proper that parents take responsibility for their children's attendance at school. + The development was planned without proper regard to the interests of local people. + He is always perfectly proper in his behaviour.
See also - PROPRIETY
4 [after noun] according to the most exact meaning of the word: The celebrations proper always begin on the last stroke of midnight.
5 [only before noun] (BrE, spoken) complete: We're in a proper mess now.
6 ~ to sth (formal) belonging to a particular type of thing; natural in a particular situation or place: They should be treated with the dignity proper to all individuals created by God.
Idioms: good and proper (BrE, spoken) completely; thoroughly: That's messed things up good and proper.

Thesaurus dictionary

1 right, appropriate, apropos, apt, suitable, fit, fitting, befitting, becoming, suited, apposite, de rigueur, comme il faut, adapted, Literary meet:
Is this the proper time to ask for a salary increase?
2 correct, accurate, exact, right, precise, orthodox, formal, expected, normal, usual, accepted, established, Old-fashioned Brit tickety-boo:
Some insist that the only proper way to pronounce 'controversy' is with the stress on the first syllable
3 decorous, dignified, genteel, fitting, right, de rigueur, appropriate, becoming, suitable, decent, seemly, due, correct, apt, comme il faut, conformist; gentlemanly, ladylike, polite, refined, punctilious, respectable:
Jeans are not proper attire for dinner at La Hacienda. Do you call that proper behaviour for the president of a learned society?
4 fitting, suitable, correct, right, satisfactory, good, sensible:
The kitchen is a proper place for the dishwasher, not the garage. Proper nutrition is very important
5 complete, perfect, utter, thorough, thoroughgoing, out-and-out, unmitigated:
He felt a proper fool for having locked his keys inside his car.
6 own, individual, separate, distinct, correct, specific, special, particular, respective; characteristic, distinctive, peculiar, singular, unique:
When you have finished, return each book to its proper place.
7 strictly speaking or so-called, in the strict(est) or narrow(est) sense, only, solely, alone, on (its or someone's) own:
Does the deed refer only to the house proper or are the outbuildings also included?

Collocation dictionary


be, seem
It seemed proper to pay tribute to her in this way.
| consider sth, deem sth, think sth
It was not considered proper for young ladies to go out alone.


very | entirely, perfectly, quite
The tribunal decided that his behaviour was perfectly proper.


(only) right and proper
It is only right and proper that you should attend his funeral.

Concise English dictionary

'prɑpə(r) /'prɒ-
+marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness
+limited to the thing specified
+appropriate for a condition or purpose or occasion or a person's character, needs
+having all the qualities typical of the thing specified