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firm

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adjective \ˈfərm\

Simple Definition of firm

  • : 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

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 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

  3. 3 :  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


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firm

adverb

Definition of firm

  1. :  in a firm manner :  steadfastly, fixedly



14th Century

First Known Use of firm

14th century


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firm

verb

Simple Definition of firm

  • : 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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 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>

  3. 2 :  to put into final form :  settle <firm a contract> <firm up plans>

  4. 3 :  to give additional support to :  strengthen —usually used with up

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to become firm :  harden —often used with up

  7. 2 :  to recover from a decline :  improve <the market is firming>

14th Century

First Known Use of firm

14th century


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firm

noun

Simple Definition of firm

  • : a business organization

Full Definition of firm

  1. 1 :  the name or title under which a company transacts business

  2. 2 :  a partnership of two or more persons that is not recognized as a legal person distinct from the members composing it

  3. 3 :  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




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