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 James, 35, is also a firm believer in the benefits of being around pets — particularly, dogs. Phil Boucher, PEOPLE.com, 9 May 2022 But Mustaf is a firm believer that change happens from the inside. Rashna Farrukh, refinery29.com, 4 May 2022 Oliver is a firm believer of the power of getting out on the road. Julia Buckley, CNN, 13 Apr. 2022 The panel wants to talk to Mrs. Thomas about her texts to Mr. Trump’s then-chief of staff, Mark Meadows, urging him to stand firm in pressing to overturn President Biden’s 2020 election victory. Lindsay Wise, WSJ, 29 Mar. 2022 Government officials like Fauci and FDA vaccine regulator Peter Marks stand firm in the face of political pressure, while ordinary citizens reach out to struggling members of their own communities or volunteer to participate in vaccine trials. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Mar. 2022 Price hikes also are attributed to efforts by OPEC+, a cartel of oil-producing countries, to limit output and stand firm against appeals for boosting production. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 1 Mar. 2022 Trudeau continued to stand firm against lifting vaccine mandates, including a requirement that all truck drivers entering the country be fully vaccinated. Rob Gillies And Tom Krisher, Chron, 11 Feb. 2022 Trudeau continues to stand firm against lifting vaccine mandates. Rob Gillies, chicagotribune.com, 11 Feb. 2022 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 Cabinet spokesman Ramesh Pathirana said the government would firm up plans on IMF assistance in the next few weeks as the finance minister prepares to visit Washington in mid-April for the discussions. NBC News, 16 Mar. 2022 The recent trade secrets spat between SK Innovation and LG along with the chip supply shortages are pushing Ford and others to firm up their plans sooner than originally expected but the industry was going to move in this direction anyway. Sam Abuelsamid, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 Soothe, brighten, and firm your skin with this medical-grade sheet mask from advanced skincare brand 111SKIN. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Apr. 2022 Some first-impression sitters also noted how strong and firm the back of the chair feels. Sarah Toscano, EW.com, 3 Feb. 2022 If hair is longer, start the process on dry hair and firm the pomade with a hard-hold lacquer hair spray. Fiorella Valdesolo, WSJ, 5 Jan. 2022 This anti-aging eye mask features 80 LEDs to stimulate collagen production, improve skin density, smooth fine lines wrinkles and texture and visibly firm the skin, according to the skincare brand's website. Hanna Flanagan, PEOPLE.com, 22 Sep. 2021 StriVectin's Super-C Retinol Brighten & Correct Vitamin C Serum fuses the power of two impressive active ingredients, vitamin C and retinol, to firm and brighten your complexion with one lightweight serum. Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 10 Mar. 2022 Infused with skin-nourishing ceramides and hyaluronic acid, this non-comedogenic night cream delivers hydration overnight to soften and firm up the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Noma Nazish, Forbes, 27 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There are about five NFTs for every buyer, according to data from analytics firm Chainalysis. Paul Vigna, WSJ, 3 May 2022 Schedule reliability for container ships is also continuing to improve, according to new data from analytics firm Sea-Intelligence. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 1 May 2022 The number of Dogecoin transactions over $100,000 hit 2,440 on Monday, the highest level since Jan. 14, as CoinDesk points out with data from market analytics firm IntoTheBlock. Taylor Locke, Fortune, 28 Apr. 2022 TikTok users spent more than $2 billion in the app in 2021, up $1 billion from the year before, according to data analytics firm SensorTower. Alexandra S. Levine, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2022 Roughly 90 percent of goods at grocery and drugstores are in stock, according to data analytics firm Information Resources. Washington Post, 26 Apr. 2022 In all of 2020, hackers stole a total of $162 million in crypto from DeFi platforms, according to data from blockchain analytics firm Chainalysis. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 25 Apr. 2022 According to Zumper, a real estate analytics firm, the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Santa Fe is $1,666, up 40 percent from a year ago. NBC News, 23 Apr. 2022 Downloads of Telegram in Ukraine from the beginning of the war to early April were up by about 70 percent compared to the same period last year, according to Sensor Tower, an analytics firm. New York Times, 21 Apr. 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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