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

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 Ben suspects Kristen of LeRoux's murder, and questions his previously firm skepticism of all things supernatural and religious. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 18 June 2021 The steering was light and precise on road, with a firm on-center feel. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 18 June 2021 The pressure to log inhumane hours at her law-firm job had been bothering Molly Anderson for a while. Washington Post, 17 June 2021 Nevertheless, the staff of Apple Daily is standing firm. Tripti Lahiri, Quartz, 17 June 2021 She’s gentle but firm, and Douglas, who likes his daily routines and comforts, is thrown. BostonGlobe.com, 17 June 2021 Every 5 meters, Hall jammed a metal shank called a peat corer into the muck and gave it a firm twist to cut out a plug of soil. Gabriel Popkin, Science | AAAS, 17 June 2021 This basket is soft and firm and won’t collect any collision scratches or punctures. Chris Hachey, BGR, 17 June 2021 Competent and secure is the theme on the road, with a firm brake pedal, linear and nicely weighted steering, and decent body control. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, 17 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb 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 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, 18 Oct. 2018 One of that firm’s biggest clients is a company helmed by Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg. Matt Richardson, Fox News, 9 May 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb My favorite is their Contour Body Treatment Oil, which helps release toxins to firm and tone. Angela Lei, Forbes, 18 May 2021 At its meeting Tuesday, the Bexar County Commissioners Court is expected to authorize county staff to firm up specifics on awarding a $50,000 county innovation fund grant to SafeRide. Randy Diamond, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Apr. 2021 The instant cooling technology helps to lift and firm the skin, while also soothing any inflammation. Greta Good, Chron, 7 Apr. 2021 Both artists started by prepping the actors' complexions using the Fascia Stimulating Tool, which helps to plump and firm the skin. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, 1 Mar. 2021 Cool them in the fridge or an ice bath before using to help firm up the starches. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 24 May 2021 Even at cool room temperature, the buttery dough will be quite soft, so a slow rise in the refrigerator will firm up the butter and make the dough workable. New York Times, 21 May 2021 The down is responsibly sourced and comes in two densities: firm for side sleepers and plush for back and stomach sleepers. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 17 May 2021 On Sunday, Republicans continued to firm up their positions in the debate over whether to replace Cheney. USA TODAY, 10 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The low-code techniques can also be incorporated by startups that aren’t just selling software tools, Anoushka Vaswani, a partner at venture capital firm Lightspeed, says. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, 3 June 2021 According to the complaint against Braun and top Hollywood business manager David Bolno, the two decided in 2016 to expand their empire, settled on a private equity firm as their vehicle, and began recruiting Comisar. Eriq Gardner, Billboard, 3 June 2021 One leading venture firm that invests in climatetech is The Ecosystem Integrity Fund (EIF). Ankit Mishra, Forbes, 1 June 2021 SPACs are shell companies that raise money and list on an exchange with the sole intent of merging with a private firm to take it public. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, 1 June 2021 Prospect is controlled by Leonard Green & Partners, a private equity firm that last year sought state approval to sell its ownership of Prospect. BostonGlobe.com, 1 June 2021 A few days after Thanksgiving last year, Kurtis Minder got a message from a man whose small construction-engineering firm in upstate New York had been hacked. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, 31 May 2021 Fogg’s firm scaled back plans to attend a major telecom trade show in Barcelona next month, given quarantine rules for people returning to the U.K. Kelvin Chan, chicagotribune.com, 26 May 2021 Fogg's firm scaled back plans to attend a major telecom trade show in Barcelona next month, given quarantine rules for people returning to the U.K. Kelvin Chan, USA TODAY, 26 May 2021

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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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The first known use of firm was in the 14th century

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21 Jun 2021

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“Firm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/firm. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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 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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