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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Panda's second tofu dish, behind the Eggplant Tofu (available at select restaurants), the dish is made with small bites of firm tofu and plant-based Beyond Beef, wok-tossed in a spicy Sichuan garlic sauce. Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 5 Aug. 2022 But the repeal of Roe and the January 6 hearings have given Democrats an opening to stake out a firm position on a favorable issue for the first time in months. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 5 Aug. 2022 Real estate companies — including lending firm loanDepot and online housing broker Redfin — have begun laying off workers. Paul Wiseman, Fortune, 5 Aug. 2022 In their letter to Blinken, Castro and Kim warned that if the U.S. does not take a firm stance on Rusesabagina's detention, others may be at risk. Morgan Winsor, ABC News, 4 Aug. 2022 With Biden's support, the plan overrides the Department of Justice, which holds a firm stance against prisoner trades. Kate Hogan, PEOPLE.com, 28 July 2022 The film takes a firm stance in favoring the present over the past. Caitlin Quinlan, Variety, 27 May 2022 Its work is grounded in a firm stance that such attacks are not inevitable – nor should they be accepted as a normal part of life in America. Chelsea Sheasley, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 May 2022 That firm stance has for years thwarted Democratic efforts to enact gun safety measures, even as the death toll from mass shootings in the United States has grown anew. New York Times, 25 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The mandatory disclosure of more firm-specific information has also improved capital allocation across various industries. Diane Hoskins, Fortune, 26 May 2022 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After that, the mixture tends to firm up and will need a strong wrist to scoop out. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 July 2022 Just a bit not only balances the flavor, making the vanilla pop, but helps the ice cream firm up beautifully. Ann Maloney, Washington Post, 24 June 2022 Firming Face Moisturiser was created to firm the skin in order to minimize signs of aging. The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 May 2022 Zach Munoz, athletics director of the PXU, will firm up the details in coming weeks, Horne said. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 9 Feb. 2022 Luckily, Summer Fridays has an eye cream that is here to save the day, utilizing a blend of peptide and vitamin C alongside ingredients like caffeine and vitamin E to brighten, de-puff, and firm up under-eye skin. Sarah Boyd, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2022 Cook until the oysters begin to firm and the butter starts to bubble inside the shells. Outside Online, 10 May 2021 Combined, the technologies are designed to firm up the skin and improve its appearance and skin texture within a short time. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 May 2022 Those three steps of applying concealer, blending it in, applying foundation, rubbing it out, and then powdering everything to just firm it down and set it are not required. Essence, 21 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Similarly, the Scotts said their property firm has begun building and renovating homes in St Mawes, employing local people. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, 27 July 2022 Both men are independently wealthy, with Youngkin running for office in 2021 after serving as an executive at the Carlyle Group, and Trump helming his namesake real estate development firm for decades. Charles Creitz, Fox News, 26 July 2022 Ken Griffin, the billionaire founder and CEO of hedge fund Citadel LLC who recently announced plans to relocate his firm and his family from Chicago to Miami, has begun making good on his word. Bob Goldsborough, Chicago Tribune, 26 July 2022 Clinton, for her part, has a background in public health and has invested in about 20 companies so far through her firm Metrodora. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 25 July 2022 At the time of the shooting, Tex McIver was no longer a partner at his firm and his income had dropped significantly. Kate Brumback, ajc, 22 July 2022 Most of the charges are for alleged financial crimes, including misappropriating money from his law firm, defrauding clients of funds and computer crimes. Steve Helling, PEOPLE.com, 21 July 2022 Bresnahan says her firm offers flat-fee consultations to review claims before they’re submitted to the insurance company. Karla L. Miller, Washington Post, 21 July 2022 Murdaugh, 54, has been in Richland County’s jail since November on a $7 million bond when he was charged with a host of financial crimes that involved stealing millions of dollars from his former law firm, his clients and associates. John Monk, al, 20 July 2022 See More

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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
\ 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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