Firm definition

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Marked by or indicating the tone and resiliency of healthy tissue.

Firm muscles.

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Securely fixed in place.

Despite being hit by the car, the post was still firm.

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Indicating or possessed of determination or resolution.

A firm voice.

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Resistant to externally applied pressure.
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An unincorporated business, particularly a partnership.
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Constant; steadfast.

A firm ally.

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To make or become firm, or solid, steady, stable, definite, etc.
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A firm is defined as a business with two or more persons.

An example of firm is a law office.

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Strong and sure.

A firm grasp.

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Not subject to change; fixed and definite.

A firm bargain; a firm offer.

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Unfluctuating; steady.

Stock prices are still firm.

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To make or become firm. Often used with up.
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Without wavering; resolutely.

Stand firm.

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(UK, business) A business partnership; the name under which it trades.
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The definition of firm is solid, hard or rigid.

An example of firm is a sturdy piece of wood.

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Firm means to tighten or strengthen.

An example of firm is to shape clay into a mold.

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A business enterprise.
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The name or designation under which a company transacts business.
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Not yielding easily under pressure; solid; hard.
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(commerce) Not rising or falling very much; steady.
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A business company or partnership of two or more persons.
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(popularly) Any business company, whether or not unincorporated.
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(business, economics) A business enterprise, however organized.
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(slang) A criminal gang.
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Steadfast, secure, hard (in position)
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Fixed (in opinion)

A firm believer; a firm friend; a firm adherent.

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Solid, rigid (material state)

Firm flesh; firm muscles, firm wood; firm land (i.e. not soft and marshy)

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To make firm or strong; fix securely.
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To make compact or resistant to pressure; solidify.
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(intransitive) To become firm; stabilise.
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(intransitive) To improve after decline.
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(intransitive) Aust. To shorten (of betting odds).
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Not moved or shaken easily; fixed; stable.
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Continued steadily; remaining the same.

A firm friendship.

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Unchanging; resolute; constant.

Firm faith.

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Showing determination, strength, etc.

A firm command.

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Legally or formally concluded; definite; final.

A firm contract, a firm order.

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stand firm
  • to be or remain steadfast in conviction despite attack, efforts to persuade, etc.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
firm
Plural:
firms

Adjective

Base Form:
firm
Comparative:
firmer
Superlative:
firmest

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of firm

  • Italian firma from firmare to ratify by signature from Medieval Latin firmāre from Latin to confirm from firmus firm dher- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English ferm from Old French from Latin firmus dher- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English ferme, from Old French ferme, from Latin firmus (“strong, steady”).

    From Wiktionary