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

Other Words from firm

Adjective

firmly adverb
firmness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for firm

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Verb

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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 Crow said a conversation from that day with a fellow Black Democratic congresswoman remains firm in his mind. Kat Stafford And James Laporta, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Dec. 2021 Crow said a conversation from that day with a fellow Black Democratic congresswoman remains firm in his mind. Kat Stafford, CBS News, 29 Dec. 2021 That differentiates us from, for example, the Catholics and many evangelicals who are quite firm in their belief that life begins at conception and that any interference with the growth of a fetus is equivalent to taking human life. The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 Dec. 2021 The organization suggests boards clearly state the rules, be fair to all speakers but firm in ensuring that the rules are followed so that district business can be conducted. Paulina Pineda, The Arizona Republic, 2 Nov. 2021 Fiercely styled and firm in their convictions in pursuit of excellence, the royal roundtable will hold court over the hybrid pageant, which pits drag queens from 10 countries around the world against each other in a duel for vocal supremacy. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 28 Oct. 2021 The point here is not some robust defense of progressives, but instead to show why progressives are so firm in their position right now. Phil Mattingly, CNN, 23 Sep. 2021 One of the most heartfelt endorsements comes from Tony Dungy, a longtime friend and a firm believer in Frazier’s leadership approach. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, 30 Dec. 2021 David Byrne, that firm believer in shows going on, completely transformed American Utopia on just a couple of days’ notice after several members of his backing band and crew tested positive for Covid-19. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 29 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb For more firm-looking and radiant skin, this professional-grade pair is tops. Megan Mcintyre, Town & Country, 21 Sep. 2021 In addition to the CIO, oversight from a sustainability committee that ensures a firm-wide holistic approach and quality control is helpful. Robert G. Eccles, Forbes, 19 Sep. 2021 After graduating from Yale University in 1949 with a bachelor’s degree in architecture (later converted to a master’s degree according to Jack Jr.,) Bialosky Sr. founded the firm now known as Bialosky Cleveland. Steven Litt, cleveland, 17 Apr. 2020 Another prominent original occupant — the trust company occupied about half the building — was the Los Angeles law firm now known as O’Melveny & Myers. Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2019 Two law firms, Marchena and Graham and the former Broad & Cassel law firm now known as Nelson Mullins received the bulk of the payments. Beth Kassab, orlandosentinel.com, 18 Sep. 2019 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, 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, 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, 9 Nov. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Once the crab is incorporated, divide the mixture into four loose balls; refrigerate for 30 minutes, allowing the mixture to firm up just a bit. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 24 Nov. 2021 The Max Wrinkle Smoother is infused with plant stem cell extract to firm and lift your skin, while vitamin C takes care of brightening your complexion. Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 20 Nov. 2021 While some tribes like the Gila River Indian Community and the Colorado River Indian Tribes look forward to playing leading roles in river management, others still struggle simply to firm up their own water rights. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, 17 Dec. 2021 The cocktail of squalane, peptides and hyaluronic acid create even pigment and firm up the overall texture while also providing hydration. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 9 Nov. 2021 Richard Durr, the county’s leisure services director, said with residents’ and the commission’s approval, the county will now work to finalize the contract for the land purchases and firm up budgets for the two projects. Grace Toohey, orlandosentinel.com, 12 Oct. 2021 Biden put a heavy emphasis on a need for world leaders to work together on the COVID-19 pandemic, meet past obligations to address climate change, head off emerging technology issues and firm up trade rules. Josh Boak And Aamer Madhani, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Sep. 2021 Refrigerate, ideally overnight, to cool and firm up. Washington Post, 13 Nov. 2020 Natural gas is also used to firm up wind and solar when the weather does not permit it. Ken Silverstein, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Daniel Ellis, senior vice president for infrastructure for Crafton Tull engineering firm, said Lowell currently owns and uses 1,262 gallons per minute or 24% of the total capacity. Laurinda Joenks, Arkansas Online, 4 Jan. 2022 American semiconductor firm Intel apologized to Chinese consumers on Dec. 23 following an explosion of online criticism over a letter the company sent to suppliers asking them to avoid sourcing products from Xinjiang. Liza Lin, WSJ, 4 Jan. 2022 Tech companies have also branched into auto manufacturing, with an Apple Car expected on the market by 2025, according to a report by investment firm Wedbush Securities. Zachary Snowdon Smith, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 Marcus Estes, founder of cannabis distribution firm Chroma Signet, agrees that Web3 tech is built for business, not consumers. Dan Patterson, CBS News, 3 Jan. 2022 The cities and county contracted with Portland economic analysis firm ECONorthwest for the project. oregonlive, 3 Jan. 2022 Evergrande failed to make coupon payments in early December related to the firm’s staggering debt load, which includes nearly $20 billion in bonds sold over international markets. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 3 Jan. 2022 Designers on the project include Dallas firm Looney & Associates and New York based consultant Indiewalls. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 3 Jan. 2022 The North American box office in 2021 amounted to $4.5 billion, according to data firm ComScore. Jake Coyle, ajc, 2 Jan. 2022

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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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More Definitions for firm

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 3 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 4 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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