adjective \ˈfərm\

: fairly hard or solid : not soft

: set, placed, or attached in a way that is not easily moved

: not weak or uncertain

Full Definition of FIRM

a :  securely or solidly fixed in place
b :  not weak or uncertain :  vigorous
c :  having a solid or compact structure that resists stress or pressure
a (1) :  not subject to change or revision (2) :  not subject to price weakness :  steady
b :  not easily moved or disturbed :  steadfast
c :  well-founded
:  indicating firmness or resolution <a firm mouth>
firm·ly adverb
firm·ness noun

Examples of FIRM

  1. She has a firm grasp of the basic principles.
  2. They insist on maintaining firm control over the project.
  3. He spoke to her in a soft but firm voice.
  4. The time has come for us to take a firm stand.
  5. The children need gentle but firm handling.

Origin of FIRM

Middle English ferm, from Anglo-French, from Latin firmus; akin to Greek thronos chair, throne
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with FIRM



Definition of FIRM

:  in a firm manner :  steadfastly, fixedly

First Known Use of FIRM

14th century



: to put (something, such as a plan) into a final form

: to make (something) harder or more solid : to make (something) less loose

: to make (something) stronger

Full Definition of FIRM

transitive verb
a :  to make secure or fast :  tighten <firming her grip on the racquet> —often used with up
b :  to make solid or compact <firm the soil>
:  to put into final form :  settle <firm a contract> <firm up plans>
:  to give additional support to :  strengthen —usually used with up
intransitive verb
:  to become firm :  harden —often used with up
:  to recover from a decline :  improve <the market is firming>

First Known Use of FIRM

14th century



: a business organization

Full Definition of FIRM

:  the name or title under which a company transacts business
:  a partnership of two or more persons that is not recognized as a legal person distinct from the members composing it
:  a business unit or enterprise

Examples of FIRM

  1. <merged with another firm to become a major player in the brokerage business>

Origin of FIRM

German Firma, from Italian, signature, ultimately from Latin firmare to make firm, confirm, from firmus
First Known Use: 1744

Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite


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