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adjective proper pronunciation in British English /ˈprɒpə(r)/
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  1. 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.
    proper procedures: Councillors went against their own officers and ignored proper procedures.
  2. 2
    considered to be morally good
    I don’t think it would be proper for me to say any more.
    I’m sure you will all agree that this is the only proper course of action.
    right and proper: It’s only right and proper that his family should be present.
  3. 3
    considered to be real or serious
    When are you going to get a proper job?
    Start the day with a proper breakfast.
    He needs proper medical care.
  4. 5
    [never before noun] understood in its most exact meaning
    Does he live in Swansea proper or in the suburbs?
  5. 6
    informal complete in every detail
    He’s only six, but he’s already a proper little gentleman.
  6. 7
    formal belonging to a particular type of thing
    proper to: a style of architecture proper to the period


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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