firm

adjective
\ˈfərm \

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

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 association used an economic study on SoccerCity by the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. and engineering firm AECOM. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Taxpayers association says SoccerCity has bigger tax benefit to city," 12 July 2018 So far this year, movies have amassed $6.2 billion in the U.S. and Canada, up 9% from the same six-month period in 2017, according to data firm ComScore. Ryan Faughnder, latimes.com, "Marvel's 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' to top the box office, continuing Hollywood's strong summer," 3 July 2018 Aulas suggested that Lyon would increase the price of any potential deal to £61.5m although Liverpool remain firm that no business will be carried out until after the World Cup. SI.com, "Journalist Reveals There Has Been No Further Contact Between Liverpool & Lyon Over Nabil Fekir," 2 July 2018 Some Americans remain firm in their certainty of what – or who – is patriotic. Doug Struck, The Christian Science Monitor, "As Americans celebrate Independence Day, what does it mean to be a patriot?," 2 July 2018 The official Pi case splits into five separate pieces, all held together with retention tabs that pull away with firm pressure: the base, the top, the lid, and both sides/port covers. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: One-upping the NES Classic Edition with the Raspberry Pi 3 and RetroPie," 30 June 2018 Political support for the Paris goals remains firm globally, and the economic basis for the developing world to follow a green energy path — rather than the dirty energy model the West followed — continues to brighten. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Wishes He Could Destroy Obama’s Legacy. He Hasn’t. And Won’t.," 20 May 2018 But one item remains firm atop President Donald Trump’s agenda for the industry: more jobs for Rust Belt states that helped elect him. Mike Colias, WSJ, "Trump Keeps Up Pressure on Auto Makers to Generate U.S. Jobs," 13 May 2018 Defensively, FC Cincinnati has kept a stout backline that’s earned three clean sheets and remained firm in crucial road wins in Charleston, Ottawa and twice in Indianapolis. Charlie Hatch, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati may embrace its first-place status, but it's not resting on any laurels," 11 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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 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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Meanwhile, investors got another sign that inflation is firming. Michael Wursthorn And Riva Gold, WSJ, "Stocks Edge Higher During Momentary Pause in Trade Tensions," 29 June 2018 The need for development is the main reason Stefanski suggested hiring a coach before firming up the front office. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Job 1 for new Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey? Develop young talent," 24 June 2018 At the time of his actions, the greens were firming up and the course was becoming more and more unplayable. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "FORE Questions: Breaking Down an Eventful U.S. Open at Shinnecock," 19 June 2018 Merkel’s trip to meet the president, which the White House has said isn’t firmed up yet, is understood to be at her request. Helene Fouquet, Bloomberg.com, "Merkel and Macron Seek United Front on Trump Tariffs," 13 Apr. 2018 For a taller vehicle weighing in at a substantial 5,300 pounds, Trackhawk had no tendency to lean over in turns thanks to track mode automatically firming up the suspension. Andy Mikonis, chicagotribune.com, "Driving the 707-horsepower Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk in a word? SICK," 15 Sep. 2017 Arsenal look set to firm up their immediate future this week, with midfielder Jack Wilshere set to sign a new deal and Mikel Arteta ready to put pen to paper on his first managerial contract. SI.com, "Arsenal Set to Confirm Contracts for Mikel Arteta & Midfielder This Week as Club Build for Future," 21 May 2018 Because if cold eggs hit soft butter, the butter will immediately firm up and the final texture won't quite be the same. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Room-Temperature Butter: When We Say You Need It, We Mean It," 16 Apr. 2018 Place them, still wrapped in foil, in refrigerator to firm for a least 3 hours or up to overnight. Ann Maloney, NOLA.com, "Vegan etouffee? Don't knock till you try it, cookbook author says," 2 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The letter from the Office of Government Ethics also cited Mr. Ross for failing to sell stock in a company called Invesco, the parent company of his private equity firm, W.L. Ross & Co., in keeping with his ethics agreement. New York Times, "Wilbur Ross Says He Will Sell Stock After Watchdog Warns of Potential for Criminal Violation," 13 July 2018 His firm has handled about 100 billion search requests directly. Telis Demos, WSJ, "Rules Designed to Catch Terrorists Cost This Unsuspecting Customer Her Bank Account," 13 July 2018 Former Department of Natural Resources official and economist Ed King, who now manages King Economics Group, wrote June 29 that his firm is projecting average oil prices in the $80 range for the next 12 months. Author: Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Despite slight production dip, Alaska oil revenue grows in FY18," 13 July 2018 Round Hill did not return calls and e-mail seeking comment through its public relations firm and local attorney. Katheleen Conti, BostonGlobe.com, "Necco’s new owner sued for failing to make final purchase payments," 12 July 2018 His firm has offices Lexington, Bowling Green, Louisville, Paducah and Prestonsburg. Justin Sayers, The Courier-Journal, "John Morgan took on medical marijuana in Florida, now he's after NCAA," 11 July 2018 But sometimes your adviser may need to find out via their firm (see point 3, below). Peter Dunn, Indianapolis Star, "Pete the Planner: Breaking up with a financial adviser doesn't need to be painful," 11 July 2018 Ma said his firm ceased representing Qin on July 10, 2017, due to the sensitivity of his case. Washington Post, "China sentences veteran rights activist to 13 years’ prison," 11 July 2018 Ma said his firm ceased representing Qin on July 10, 2017, due to the sensitivity of his case. Christopher Bodeen, Fox News, "China sentences veteran rights activist to 13 years' prison," 11 July 2018

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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

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

Adverb

see firm entry 1

Verb

see firm entry 1

Noun

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

Noun

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

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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 \
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
firmness noun

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

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