Definitions for FIRMfɜrm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

firmfɜrm(adj.; adv.; v.)firm•er, firm•est

  1. (adj.)not soft or yielding when pressed; comparatively solid, hard, stiff, or rigid:

    firm ground.

  2. securely fixed in place.

  3. not shaking or trembling; steady:

    a firm voice.

  4. unyielding to change:

    a firm belief.

  5. indicating firmness or determination:

    a firm expression.

  6. not fluctuating much or falling, as prices, values, etc.

    Category: Business

  7. (v.i.)to make or become firm (often fol. by up).

  8. (adv.)firmly.

Origin of firm:

1300–50; ME ferm < MF < L firmus



  1. a commercial company.

    Category: Business

  2. the title under which associated parties transact business:

    the firm of Smith {{{amp}}} Jones.

    Category: Business

Origin of firm:

1565–75; < Sp firma signature < L firmāre to confirm

Princeton's WordNet

  1. firm, house, business firm(adj)

    the members of a business organization that owns or operates one or more establishments

    "he worked for a brokerage house"

  2. firm, steadfast, steady, stiff, unbendable, unfaltering, unshakable, unwavering(adj)

    marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable

    "firm convictions"; "a firm mouth"; "steadfast resolve"; "a man of unbendable perseverence"; "unwavering loyalty"

  3. firm, solid(adj)

    not soft or yielding to pressure

    "a firm mattress"; "the snow was firm underfoot"; "solid ground"

  4. firm, strong(adj)

    strong and sure

    "a firm grasp"; "gave a strong pull on the rope"

  5. firm(adj)

    not subject to revision or change

    "a firm contract"; "a firm offer"

  6. firm(adj)

    (of especially a person's physical features) not shaking or trembling

    "his voice was firm and confident"; "a firm step"

  7. firm, steady, unfluctuating(adj)

    not liable to fluctuate or especially to fall

    "stocks are still firm"

  8. firm(adj)

    securely established

    "holds a firm position as the country's leading poet"

  9. firm(adj)

    possessing the tone and resiliency of healthy tissue

    "firm muscles"

  10. fast, firm, immobile(adj)

    securely fixed in place

    "the post was still firm after being hit by the car"

  11. firm, loyal, truehearted, fast(a)(verb)

    unwavering in devotion to friend or vow or cause

    "a firm ally"; "loyal supporters"; "the true-hearted soldier...of Tippecanoe"- Campaign song for William Henry Harrison; "fast friends"

  12. tauten, firm(verb)

    become taut or tauter

    "Your muscles will firm when you exercise regularly"; "the rope tautened"

  13. tauten, firm(adverb)

    make taut or tauter

    "tauten a rope"

  14. firm, firmly, steadfastly, unwaveringly(adverb)

    with resolute determination

    "we firmly believed it"; "you must stand firm"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. firm(adjective)ɜrm

    ≠ soft

    firm cushions

  2. firmɜrm

    strong and not likely to move

    a firm grip on the handle

  3. firmɜrm

    definite, certain and not likely to change

    firm plans; a firm basis for an agreement; firm discipline; She spoke to him fondly but firmly.; firmly opposed to the changes; He firmly fastened the bag.

  4. firm(noun)ɜrm

    a company or business partnership

    a law/engineering firm

  5. firm(verb)ɜrm

    to confirm or make definite

    We should firm up the arrangements for Friday.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Firm

    fixed; hence, closely compressed; compact; substantial; hard; solid; -- applied to the matter of bodies; as, firm flesh; firm muscles, firm wood

  2. Firm

    not easily excited or disturbed; unchanging in purpose; fixed; steady; constant; stable; unshaken; not easily changed in feelings or will; strong; as, a firm believer; a firm friend; a firm adherent

  3. Firm

    solid; -- opposed to fluid; as, firm land

  4. Firm

    indicating firmness; as, a firm tread; a firm countenance

  5. Firm(adj)

    the name, title, or style, under which a company transacts business; a partnership of two or more persons; a commercial house; as, the firm of Hope & Co

  6. Firm(adj)

    to fix; to settle; to confirm; to establish

  7. Firm(adj)

    to fix or direct with firmness

Editors Contribution

  1. firm

    a business or company, especially a small one e.g. (electronics/advertising/law etc)

    1. She works for an electronics firm. 2. Kevin is with a firm of accountants in Birmingham.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'FIRM' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1149

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'FIRM' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1843

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'FIRM' in Nouns Frequency: #234

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'FIRM' in Adjectives Frequency: #365

Anagrams of FIRM

  1. FMRI

  2. FRIM

Translations for FIRM

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(fixed) strong and steady

a firm handshake.

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