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firm 1

adj. firm·er, firm·est
1. Resistant to externally applied pressure.
2. Marked by or indicating the tone and resiliency of healthy tissue: firm muscles.
3. Securely fixed in place: Despite being hit by the car, the post was still firm.
4. Indicating or possessed of determination or resolution: a firm voice.
5. 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.
7. Strong and sure: a firm grasp.
tr. & intr.v. firmed, firm·ing, firms
To make or become firm. Often used with up.
adv. firmer, firmest
Without wavering; resolutely: stand firm.

[Middle English ferm, from Old French, from Latin firmus; see dher- in Indo-European roots.]

firm′ly adv.
firm′ness n.

firm 2

1. A business enterprise.
2. An unincorporated business, particularly a partnership.
3. The name or designation under which a company transacts business.

[Italian firma, from firmare, to ratify by signature, from Medieval Latin firmāre, from Latin, to confirm, from firmus, firm; see dher- in Indo-European roots.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.firmly - with resolute determinationfirmly - with resolute determination; "we firmly believed it"; "you must stand firm"
2.firmly - in a secure manner; in a manner free from danger; "she held the child securely"
3.firmly - with firmness; "held hard to the railing"


1. securely, safely, tightly The door is locked and the windows are firmly shut.
2. immovably, securely, steadily, like a rock, unflinchingly, enduringly, motionlessly, unshakably boards firmly fixed to metal posts in the ground
3. steadily, securely, tightly, unflinchingly She held me firmly by the elbow.
4. resolutely, strictly, staunchly, steadfastly, determinedly, through thick and thin, with decision, with a rod of iron, definitely, unwaveringly, unchangeably Political opinions are firmly held.
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[ˈfɜːmlɪ] ADV
1. (= unwaveringly) [fixed, entrenched] → firmemente
she had her eye firmly fixed on the dogtenía la mirada fija en el perro
2. (= staunchly) [believe] → firmemente, con firmeza
the crowd was firmly behind himtenía todo el apoyo del público, el público le apoyaba firmemente
they remain firmly opposed/committed to the planse mantienen firmes en su oposición/entrega al proyecto
3. (= decisively, severely) [speak, say] → con firmeza


[ˈfɜːrmli] adv
(= securely) [rest, hold] → fermement; [shut, attached] → bien
[believe] → fermement
[say, tell] → avec fermeté


(= securely) place, hold, anchored, shut, established, set, stuckfest; fixsicher; bake until firmly setso lange backen, bis es fest (geworden) ist; she had her sights firmly set on a career in politicssie hatte sich eine Karriere in der Politik fest vorgenommen; it was held firmly in place with a pines wurde von einer Nadel festgehalten; these novels were firmly based on realitydiese Romane beruhten vollständig auf tatsächlichen Ereignissen; firmly established/in place (fig)fest etabliert; to be firmly in control of somethingetw fest in der Hand haben; she is firmly opposed to the proposal/to doing itsie ist strikt gegen den Vorschlag/dagegen, es zu tun; to be firmly committed to something/to doing somethingsich voll für etw einsetzen/dafür einsetzen, etw zu tun; firmly held opinionsfeste Ansichten
(= definitely) say, tellbestimmt; rejectentschieden; denyenergisch; I shall tell her quite firmly that …ich werde ihr klipp und klar sagen, dass …


[ˈfɜːmlɪ] adv (fixed) → saldamente, solidamente; (speak) → con fermezza; (believe) → fermamente


(fəːm) adjective
1. (fixed) strong and steady. a firm handshake.
2. decided; not changing one's mind. a firm refusal.
ˈfirmly adverb
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exclaimed Beth, who firmly believed that her sisters were gifted with wonderful genius in all things.
There is a terrible man back there in the woods," he declared firmly, while Jesse looked away over the tops of the trees and again his lips cried out to God.
So when Tom told of this curious fish, which many natives of Central America firmly believe in, the giant took thought with himself.
Shimerda,' she said firmly, `I won't stand by and see that child frightened into spasms.
She did not remonstrate, except again to repulse him quietly but firmly.
Listen," said the Indian, laying his hand firmly upon her arm, as if willing to draw her utmost attention to his words; a movement that Cora as firmly but quietly repulsed, by extricating the limb from his grasp: "Magua was born a chief and a warrior among the red Hurons of the lakes; he saw the suns of twenty summers make the snows of twenty winters run off in the streams before he saw a pale face; and he was happy
protested the great man firmly, "blue flint makes a country place look like a cemetery.
Felicity, the companion of content, is rather found in our own breasts than in the enjoyment of external things; And I firmly believe it requires but a little philosophy to make a man happy in whatsoever state he is.
He, however, wiped his lips with a slight wave of his handkerchief, to support a certain easy elegance which he firmly believed relieved the act of any vulgar quality.
A soldier -- New England's most distinguished soldier -- he stood firmly on the pedestal of his gallant services; and, himself secure in the wise liberality of the successive administrations through which he had held office, he had been the safety of his subordinates in many an hour of danger and heart-quake General Miller was radically conservative; a man over whose kindly nature habit had no slight influence; attaching himself strongly to familiar faces, and with difficulty moved to change, even when change might have brought unquestionable improvement.
He was, moreover, esteemed by the women as a man of great erudition, for he had read several books quite through, and was a perfect master of Cotton Mather's "History of New England Witchcraft," in which, by the way, he most firmly and potently believed.
She seemed fairly to square herself, plant herself more firmly to utter the wonder of it.