Translation of proper in Spanish:


apropiado, adj.

Pronunciation /ˈprɑpər//ˈprɒpə/


  • 1

    (treatment/procedure) apropiado
    (treatment/procedure) adecuado
    (answer/pronunciation) correcto
    it's not in its proper place no está en su sitio / lugar
    • that's not the proper way to pronounce it esa no es la pronunciación correcta
    • the proper tool for the job la herramienta adecuada / apropiada para el trabajo
    • this isn't the proper moment to talk about that este no es el momento más indicado / oportuno para hablar de eso
    • the proper respect el debido respeto
    • Warrenpoint now proceed to the first round proper where they will meet Irvinestown from Fermanagh back in Clontiberet in a fortnight's time.
    • Often when dealing with parts of the engine, or the hard-to-reach spots under the hood, proper tools are required.
    • They need proper medical attention and so the state government needs to establish centres which will be able to deal with complicated deliveries.
    • Although falling outside the dates of Heritage Week proper, the Rut Walk on Sunday, September 25 is another must.
    • And we haven't been able to really put a number on, you know, those that have lost their lives in New Orleans proper.
    • The visit is part of the host town programme and he will visit a number of the sporting facilities and amenities that will be used by the athletes prior to the games proper.
    • This procedure is often time-consuming, tedious to perform and requires proper facilities.
    • Without proper geographical coordinates one can not solve ‘overlapping areas’ of conflict.
    • I thought the approach that I brought to the interview was the proper one under those circumstances and at that time.
    • Clearly, there has been pressure from both sides of the House for the Government to give us more time to consider whether it is proper or appropriate given the level of threat that we face.
    • Apart from the paraphernalia near the booth there was another aspect of the launch occurring on the large video screen in Federation Square proper.
    • They're not going to be taxed on hotel rooms if they can prove that they were living in New Orleans proper and that they're actual evacuees.
    • Its proper use requires moral reflection and the establishment of moral limits.
    • They don't know how to assess liability, what proper trail-building techniques are and what's sustainable.
    • However, a late change of strategy saw them gamble on running the gelding in the Champion proper.
    • However, medical authorities have now claimed that the medical research leading to the finding lacks a proper scientific basis.
    • Parking will be restricted in the Village from 2.30 pm with the Parade proper scheduled to get underway at 4pm.
    • If you have to get up every morning and go to work, you may as well be guaranteed suitable working conditions and proper compensation.
    • And to get the proper tests done requires a strong regulatory agency.
    • There is no proper pedestrian crossing on this stretch.
    • And the Government will have to work harder to get a proper regulatory framework in place if super choice is to actually happen.
    • In fact what we have been witnessing in recent times is an extension of the state sector under the cloak of trying to ensure proper economic competition.
    • While five of their boxers got through on Saturday to contest the finals proper on Sunday, none succeeded in getting the decision in the ring.
    • Information leaflets ask riders to make sure they have proper helmets and appropriately maintained bikes, and are experienced enough to tackle the trails.
    • This game is due to take place on Sunday May 4th and the Sarsfields will have to be at their very best if they hope to advance to the first round proper.
    • I'd want part of my work to be giving medical attention to the rural masses that have never had proper medical facilities.
    • According to Nietzsche, ‘art is the highest task and the proper metaphysical activity of this life’.
    • Appropriate modification and proper implementation of a unified public health Act for the State is the need of the hour.
    • Did Dean turn the father in to the proper legal authorities?
    • Having meditated on the fact that Minnesota wants for a poet laureate proper, City Pages decided to do our bit to remedy that lack.
    • He should choose a proper distance, appropriate height and angle.
    • It seems like there's a strip of stores and businesses three miles long, from the Michigan border into Iron Mountain proper.
    • Those are sandbags being carried via military helicopter to be dropped within the flooded areas there of New Orleans proper.
  • 2

    • 2.1(genuine)

      they didn't give us a proper chance no nos dieron una verdadera oportunidad
      • she never has a proper meal nunca hace una comida como es debido / como Dios manda
      • After eight months without a proper job I now realise that I am more myself than I have ever been and I actually quite like myself and appreciate myself more.
      • And will he then adopt such tactics in his proper job, asking Interpol to police our streets if his British bobbies find they are not winning many fixtures?
      • I closed my eyes and enjoyed the moment after over two months; I had a real, tangible, proper bed.
      • Many are actually ordinary middle-class citizens with proper jobs and houses.
      • She warned that unless Dave managed to hold down a proper job he could end up crying for real over the end of their relationship.
      • Anyway, I set up my baby on the new folding table I bought the other day and sat my keyboard chair in front of it like a proper little desk.
      • There is no fence to separate it from the nearby kampung, and no proper external lighting.
      • Surely there can be no genuine democracy without proper self-determination free from the narrow minded preferences of an aggressor state.
      • No doubt, hawking is not often regarded as a proper job, but in reality, it involves minimum investment with maximum returns.
      • Without a proper public transport system and with motor insurance being compulsory by law, young drivers are not in a position to simply take it or leave it.
      • His clothing is a little closer to proper formal attire, at least.
      • So for once I actually had three proper meals in a day.
      • So, of course, we had real jobs with proper tax codes, an optional pensions scheme, sickness cover and employee rights.
      • It will undertake projects to provide proper drinking water, waste disposal and sanitation facilities for pilgrims.
      • Two weeks after leaving the house, she confided in me that she didn't regard it as a proper album; that, she said, would come next year.
      • By 332 he regarded himself as the proper ruler of the Persian empire, and after Gaugamela he was acclaimed king of Asia.
      • Herbicides inhibit the flow of natural and synthetic auxins, which are necessary for proper plant growth.
      • I just wanted to say that we have not forgotten the issue, and that it is a very real one that needs proper debate and consideration by all of us in the House.
      • Now I've heard some say that these aren't proper jobs.
      • So the killer question is: who do you regard as a proper diver?

    • 2.2British informal

      (as intensifier) verdadero
      (as intensifier) auténtico
      he's a proper gent es todo un caballero
      • She's a proper little child, getting into mischief.
      • Part of me wanted to tell her that Lydia had happily left home to be with Matty and was looking forward to their marriage and becoming a proper little housewife.
      • In short, I was a proper little Cultural Revolutionary in the making.

  • 3

    • 3.1

      (behavior/person) correcto
      we shall do as we think proper haremos lo que nos parezca bien / correcto
      • it is only (right and) proper that he should have first choice lo justo es que elija él primero
      • I thought it proper to ask your permission me pareció que lo correcto era pedirle permiso
      • It is proper for both parties to talk via their host about staggering their attendance times, and far preferable to one being invited and not the other.
      • It is not proper for him to denounce other religions as false.
      • We do not mean to say that they should be restricted from talking in proper seasons, but they should be taught to know when it is proper for them to cease.
      • It's quite proper for me to say that it would be improper for me to comment on these matters.
      • I don't think that it is proper for me to give the details.
      • It would not be proper for one, for example, to go and visit the site and then come back and report to the rest of the jury.
      • It's not exactly proper for ladies to get involved in such things.
      • A true paragon of a British military officer, he was efficient, proper and habitually thorough.
      • What was not proper for women, however, could easily be enacted by the dance figures in the space of spectacle.
      • He dislikes dogs partly out of a sense of duty-he feels that, given his commitment to cats, it would not be quite proper for him to like dogs as well.
      • He insisted that it was not proper for the court to handle the dispute before the administration had settled the matter.
      • I was taught that it's not proper for a young woman to either call a young man on the phone or ask him for a date.
      • I didn't think it was proper for me to do that, because it was really his decision.
      • It's very proper for the Council to watch extremely carefully what I do and what those who work with me do.
      • She'd learned to ride sidesaddle, as was proper for a young lady.
      • It is perfectly proper for a local paper to throw its weight behind one side in a local issue, as it is for a columnist to express a personal opinion.
      • It is not proper for the government to keep the innocent ignorant in order to help the guilty.
      • At issue was whether it was proper for the public to attend the basketball social.
      • It is obviously proper for Parliament to lay down the framework within which the Judiciary operates.
      • But no, neither was proper for a young lady of noble blood, a princess especially.

    • 3.2(overly decorous)


  • 4

    • 4.1(in the strict sense)

      propiamente dicho
      we had still not reached the mountain proper todavía no habíamos llegado a la montaña propiamente dicha

    • 4.2to be proper toformal (belonging)

      ser propio de
      • On the other hand, it has the distinction proper to students who know to respect themselves and the things of the spirit to which they dedicate themselves.



  • 1informal

    como Dios manda
    • If we all talked proper they wouldn't have to make us sound so awful.
  • 2dialect

    I was proper chuffed, I was! estaba contentísimo