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firm

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adjective \ˈfərm\

Definition of firm

  1. 1a :  securely or solidly fixed in place his teeth were firmb :  not weak or uncertain :  vigorous a firm handshakec :  having a solid or compact structure that resists stress or pressure firm apples

  2. 2a (1) :  not subject to change or revision a firm offer a firm date (2) :  not subject to price weakness :  steady firm commoditiesb :  not easily moved or disturbed :  steadfast a firm believer in democracyc :  well-founded firm evidence of criminal activity

  3. 3 :  indicating firmness or resolution a firm mouth a firm voice

firmly

adverb

firmness

noun

Examples of firm in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of firm from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of firm

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


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firm

adverb

Definition of firm

  1. :  in a firm manner :  steadfastly, fixedly

Origin and Etymology of firm

see 1firm


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firm

verb

Definition of firm

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to make secure or fast :  tighten firming her grip on the racquet —often used with upb :  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

Origin and Etymology of firm

see 1firm


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firm

noun

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 in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of firm from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of firm

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



FIRM Defined for English Language Learners

firm

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adjective

Definition of firm for English Language Learners

  • : fairly hard or solid : not soft

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

  • : not weak or uncertain

firm

verb

Definition of firm for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of firm for English Language Learners

  • : a business organization


FIRM Defined for Kids

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firm

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adjective \ˈfərm\

Definition of firm for Students

firmer

;

firmest

  1. 1 :  having a solid compact texture firm ground

  2. 2 :  strong 1, vigorous a firm grip

  3. 3 :  not likely to be changed a firm price

  4. 4 :  not easily moved or shaken :  faithful a firm believer firm friends

  5. 5 :  showing certainty or determination firm control

firmly

adverb firmly attached

firmness

noun

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firm

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verb

Definition of firm for Students

firmed

;

firming

  1. 1 :  to make or become hard or solid Gently firm the soil. The gelatin will firm in an hour.

  2. 2 :  to make more secure or strong She firmed her grip on the racquet.

  3. 3 :  to put into final form We need to firm our plans.


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firm

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noun

Definition of firm for Students

  1. :  business 2 an insurance firm


Law Dictionary

firm

noun

Legal 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

Origin and Etymology of firm

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



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