- The definition of firm is solid, hard or rigid.
An example of firm is a sturdy piece of wood.
- A firm is defined as a business with two or more persons.
An example of firm is a law office.
- Firm means to tighten or strengthen.
An example of firm is to shape clay into a mold.
- not yielding easily under pressure; solid; hard
- not moved or shaken easily; fixed; stable
- continued steadily; remaining the same: a firm friendship
- unchanging; resolute; constant: firm faith
- showing determination, strength, etc.: a firm command
- legally or formally concluded; definite; final: a firm contract, a firm order
- Commerce not rising or falling very much; steady: said of prices, etc.
Origin of firmMiddle English ferm from Old French from Classical Latin firmus from Indo-European base an unverified form dher-, to hold, support from source Sanskrit dhárma, precept, law, Classical Greek thronos, armchair
- a business company or partnership of two or more persons
- popularly any business company, whether or not unincorporated
Origin of firmItalian firma, signature, hence title of a business from Classical Latin firmare, to strengthen from firmus: see firm
- Resistant to externally applied pressure.
- Marked by or indicating the tone and resiliency of healthy tissue: firm muscles.
- Securely fixed in place: Despite being hit by the car, the post was still firm.
- Indicating or possessed of determination or resolution: a firm voice.
- Constant; steadfast: a firm ally.
- a. Not subject to change; fixed and definite: a firm bargain; a firm offer.b. Unfluctuating; steady: Stock prices are still firm.
- Strong and sure: a firm grasp.
tr. & intr.v.firmed, firm·ing, firms
Origin of firmMiddle English ferm from Old French from Latin firmus ; see dher- in Indo-European roots.
- A business enterprise.
- An unincorporated business, particularly a partnership.
- The name or designation under which a company transacts business.
Origin of firmItalian firma from firmare to ratify by signature from Medieval Latin firmāre from Latin to confirm from firmus firm ; see dher- in Indo-European roots.
From German Firma (“business, name of business”), from Italian firma (“signature”), from firmare (“to sign”), from Latin firmare (“to make firm, to confirm (by signature)”), from firmus (“firm, stable”).
(comparative firmer, superlative firmest)
(third-person singular simple present firms, present participle firming, simple past and past participle firmed)