firm

adjective
\ ˈfərm How to pronounce firm (audio) \

Definition of firm

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : securely or solidly fixed in place his teeth were firm
b : not weak or uncertain : vigorous a firm handshake
c : having a solid or compact structure that resists stress or pressure firm apples
2a(1) : not subject to change or revision a firm offer a firm date
(2) : not subject to price weakness : steady firm commodities
b : not easily moved or disturbed : steadfast a firm believer in democracy
c : well-founded firm evidence of criminal activity
3 : indicating firmness or resolution a firm mouth a firm voice

firm

adverb

Definition of firm (Entry 2 of 4)

: in a firm manner : steadfastly, fixedly

firm

verb
firmed; firming; firms

Definition of firm (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : 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
2 : to put into final form : settle firm a contract firm up plans
3 : to give additional support to : strengthen usually used with up

intransitive verb

1 : to become firm : harden often used with up
2 : to recover from a decline : improve the market is firming

firm

noun

Definition of firm (Entry 4 of 4)

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

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Other Words from firm

Adjective

firmly adverb
firmness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for firm

Synonyms: Adjective

forceful, hearty, iron, lusty, robust, solid, stout, strong, sturdy, vigorous

Synonyms: Noun

business, company, concern, enterprise, establishment, house, interest, outfit

Antonyms: Adjective

uncertain, weak

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Examples of firm in a Sentence

Adjective

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

Noun

merged with another firm to become a major player in the brokerage business
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The firm plans to begin producing aluminum sheets by September 2021. Anchorage Daily News, "McConnell-backed effort to lift Russian sanctions boosted a project in his home state," 14 Aug. 2019 The price has now fallen around $18% since the ride-hailing firm’s IPO in May. David Meyer, Fortune, "The Word of 2019 Isn’t ‘Plastics’: CEO Daily," 13 Aug. 2019 Suzanne Bradshaw, of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Eldersburg, won the firm's Frank Finnegan Award for her exceptional achievement in building client relationships. baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Business briefs: Taney Corp. honors employee; Bradshaw wins award; Carroll Lutheran Village service anniversaries," 12 Aug. 2019 The Beautyrest Recharge Dawson 121/2-inch hybrid firm mattress ($1,299-$1,999, mattressfirm.com) works well for those sharing beds with restless sleepers because the memory foam won’t move around as much, Meshberg says. Eustacia Huen, Twin Cities, "Can’t sleep? You probably need to make these changes.," 9 Aug. 2019 Blessed with some firm hands on the terror tiller and a winning cast, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a handsome, and deliciously horrible, horror movie. Clark Collis, EW.com, "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a disgustingly good gateway horror movie," 8 Aug. 2019 In the case of a cobbler, your best bet is to go with firmer fruits like cherries. Emma Wartzman, Bon Appétit, "What’s the Difference Between a Cobbler, a Crisp, and a Crumble?," 7 Aug. 2019 The retail data firm forecasts that up to 12,000 stores close in 2019. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Luxury retailer Barneys New York files for bankruptcy," 6 Aug. 2019 Parenting at this point for your challenging younger daughters may mean establishing firm boundaries and supporting recovery, but not enabling addiction. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Amy: Overwhelmed parent wants to mend broken family," 5 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Morse is one of Michigan's most visible attorneys with TV spots and billboard ads that call his personal injury law firm the largest in the state. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Judge: Attorney Mike Morse 'at the very center' of no-fault scheme," 3 July 2019 Big-name attorney Morse is one of Michigan's most visible attorneys with TV spots and billboard ads that call his personal injury law firm the largest in the state. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Claim: My husband helped attorney Mike Morse hide MRI center money," 19 June 2019 Congratulations to Robyn Denholm, the new chairwoman of Tesla’s board! Denholm got her start at the now-defunct Arthur Andersen, the accounting firm best known for its work shredding Enron’s documents. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "Tesla’s new chairwoman is walking into SEC and DOJ probes," 9 Nov. 2018 Invesco will pay for the deal with 81.9 million common shares and another $4 billion in preferred shares, making MassMutual the firm’s largest stockholder. Justin Baer, WSJ, "Invesco to Buy OppenheimerFunds From MassMutual," 18 Oct. 2018 One of that firm’s biggest clients is a company helmed by Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg. Matt Richardson, Fox News, "Michael Cohen-linked firm received big payments from Russian oligarch, report says," 9 May 2018 One of that firm’s biggest clients is a company helmed by Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg. Matt Richardson, Fox News, "Michael Cohen-linked firm received big payments from Russian oligarch, report says," 9 May 2018 One of that firm’s biggest clients is a company helmed by Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg. Matt Richardson, Fox News, "Michael Cohen-linked firm received big payments from Russian oligarch, report says," 9 May 2018 As part of the deal, Sammons became the firm’s largest shareholder. Justin Baer And Margot Patrick, WSJ, "Guggenheim in Talks to Buy Munich Re Asset-Management Operations," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Luxe Set offers the Mia Smart brush, plus four different brush heads: cleansing, firming, massaging, and one special brush for foundation application. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "Prime Day Is The Smartest Time To Get Yourself A Clarisonic," 15 July 2019 The Miami Heat firmed up their offseason roster by providing a payoff to two members of their summer-league roster, guard Jeremiah Martin and forward Chris Silva. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Heat sign Chris Silva, Jeremiah Martin to camp contracts," 12 July 2019 But the fairways were generous, the greens never firmed up and the wind never blew very hard, leading to ideal scoring conditions. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Here's what the Rocket Mortgage Classic got right — and what it got wrong," 30 June 2019 And the Clarisonic Mia Smart 3-in-1 Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush is the perfect cleansing-slash-exfoliating-slash-face-firming tool for techies (also, for anyone who’s a fan of radiant skin). Allure, "The 5 Most Innovative Beauty Product Launches of 2019, According to Allure Readers," 14 May 2019 Spread cooked polenta evenly on a half sheet pan and let cool to firm up. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cooking shellfish: Chef Paul Arias shares recipes and tips," 18 June 2019 For MoneyGram, the Ripple investment provides an opportunity to firm up its finances after recent losses and several dismal earnings reports that have caused its share price to slump. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Ripple Takes $50 Million Stake in MoneyGram in Push to Deploy XRP," 17 June 2019 Mazda’s chassis department dialed in a lot of intention to the steering response—a nice, darty feel at initial turn in, with the chassis firming up quickly with cornering load. WSJ, "Is the Mazda3 Hatchback The Best Car of 2019?," 14 June 2019 According to the brand, this lotion is proven to tighten and firm the skin in just two weeks. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "I Tried Meghan Markle’s Favorite Beauty Products—Here’s What’s Worth Your Money," 24 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

DC Partners, an award-winning real estate development and investment firm, has a portfolio that has contributed to the luxury high-rise market with the success of various Houston projects. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Condo Life: Behind the scenes with DC Partners," 4 Aug. 2019 Jumia enlists local firms to manage delivery staffers on contract in 14 countries. Washington Post, "The ‘Amazon of Africa’ faces a big challenge: No addresses," 4 Aug. 2019 Business leaders say sales are down compared to last year, while one firm found that the number of flight bookings to the city appears to be falling. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "After major Hong Kong shopping district rocked by chaos, twin protests loom," 4 Aug. 2019 In Washington the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved sanctions on firms involved with Nord Stream 2, Russia’s gas pipeline to Germany (Congress must approve the bill). The Economist, "Business this week," 3 Aug. 2019 According to realty brokerage firm Redfin, just 12 percent of all offers made through the company in June faced a bidding war. Lew Sichelman | Andrews Mcmeel Syndication, courant.com, "Market shift may mean price cuts," 2 Aug. 2019 Other takeovers by hedge funds and private investment firms followed. Joseph Berger, New York Times, "‘Man, Oh Manischewitz’: Kosher Food Merger Opens New Chapter for Famous Name," 2 Aug. 2019 Top with mini sandwich cookies and refrigerate until firm, at least 3 hours and up to 1 day. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Cookie Cheesecake Bites," 2 Aug. 2019 Although the people behind this activity attempted to conceal their identities, our investigation found links to two marketing firms — New Waves in Egypt, and Newave in the UAE. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Why we like fake stuff on Facebook," 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of firm

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1744, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for firm

Adjective, Adverb, and Verb

Middle English ferm, from Anglo-French, from Latin firmus; akin to Greek thronos chair, throne

Noun

German Firma, from Italian, signature, ultimately from Latin firmare to make firm, confirm, from firmus

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firm

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of firm

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: fairly hard or solid : not soft
: set, placed, or attached in a way that is not easily moved
: not weak or uncertain

firm

verb

English Language Learners Definition of firm (Entry 2 of 3)

: 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

firm

noun

English Language Learners Definition of firm (Entry 3 of 3)

: a business organization

firm

adjective
\ ˈfərm How to pronounce firm (audio) \
firmer; firmest

Kids Definition of firm

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : having a solid compact texture firm ground
2 : strong sense 1, vigorous a firm grip
3 : not likely to be changed a firm price
4 : not easily moved or shaken : faithful a firm believer firm friends
5 : showing certainty or determination firm control

Other Words from firm

firmly adverb firmly attached

firm

verb
firmed; firming

Kids Definition of firm (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to make or become hard or solid Gently firm the soil. The gelatin will firm in an hour.
2 : to make more secure or strong She firmed her grip on the racquet.
3 : to put into final form We need to firm our plans.

firm

noun

Kids Definition of firm (Entry 3 of 3)

: business sense 2 an insurance firm

firm

noun

Legal Definition of firm

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

History and Etymology for firm

German Firma, from Italian, signature, ultimately from Latin firmare to make firm, confirm

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