firm1 W1S1 [fə:m US fə:rm] n
[Date: 1700-1800; : Italian; Origin: firma 'signature', from Latin firmare 'to show to be true', from firmus; FIRM2]
a business or company, especially a small one
electronics/advertising/law etc firm
She works for an electronics firm.
a firm of accountants/solicitors/builders etc
Kevin is with a firm of accountants in Birmingham.
firm 2
firm2 W2S2 adj
6 take a firm stand/line
7 stand/hold firm
8 firm hand
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: Latin firmus]
1.) not completely hard, but not soft, and not easy to bend into a different shape
The sofa cushions are fairly firm.
a firm green apple
Most doctors recommend sleeping on a firm mattress.
2.) strongly fixed in position, and not likely to move
= ↑secure
Make sure the ladder feels firm before you climb up.
A concrete foundation was poured after digging down to firm ground.
Mount the tanks side by side on a firm base .
3.) not likely to change
firm conviction/commitment/belief etc
Our client hasn't reached a firm decision on the matter yet.
Blackpool remains a firm favourite with holiday makers from Northern Ireland.
Corey was always a firm believer in prayer.
They made a firm offer (=offered to pay a particular amount) on the house over the weekend.
Diana and Laura have been firm friends (=close friends) since their early teens.
4.) showing in the way that you behave or speak that you are the person in control and that you are not likely to change your answer, belief etc
Cal replied with a polite but firm 'no'.
What this country needs is firm leadership.
be firm with sb
You need to be firm with her or she'll try to take advantage of you.
5.) ¦(HAND)¦
a firm grip/hold/grasp etc
if you have something in a firm grip etc, you are holding it tightly and strongly
He took a firm grip of my arm and marched me towards the door.
a firm handshake
6.) take a firm stand/line
to state your opinion clearly and not be persuaded to change it
7.) stand/hold firm
to not change your actions or opinions
stand/hold firm against
Jones is urging Christians to stand firm against abortion.
8.) firm hand
a strict way of dealing with someone
These children need a firm hand .
9.) ¦(MONEY)¦ [not before noun]
if the value of a particular country's money is firm, it does not fall in value
firm against
The pound is still firm against the dollar.
>firmly adv
>firmness n [U]
firm 3
firm3 W3 v [T]
to press down on soil to make it harder or more solid
firm up [firm sth<=>up] phr v
1.) to make arrangements, ideas etc more definite and exact
We're hoping to firm up the deal later this month.
2.) to make a part of your body have more muscle and less fat by exercising

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