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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.]
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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"
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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
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[ˈfɜːrmli] adv
(= securely) [rest, hold] → fermement; [shut, attached] → bien
[believe] → fermement
[say, tell] → avec fermeté
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(= 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 …
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[ˈfɜːmlɪ] adv (fixed) → saldamente, solidamente; (speak) → con fermezza; (believe) → fermamente
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(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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References in classic literature ?
Pierre tried several times to speak, but, on one hand, Prince Vasili did not let him and, on the other, Pierre himself feared to begin to speak in the tone of decided refusal and disagreement in which he had firmly resolved to answer his father-in-law.
There was, however, a servant of the king's who favoured the huntsmen, and when he heard that they were going to be put to this test he went to them and repeated everything, and said: 'The lion wants to make the king believe that you are girls.' Then the king's daughter thanked him, and said to her maidens: 'Show some strength, and step firmly on the peas.' So next morning when the king had the twelve huntsmen called before him, and they came into the ante-chamber where the peas were lying, they stepped so firmly on them, and had such a strong, sure walk, that not one of the peas either rolled or stirred.
Holding her hand firmly, he stooped a little lower; searching for the signs which might answer him in her face.
It's been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.
Mainwaring and a young man engaged to Miss Mainwaring distractedly in love with her, which Reginald firmly believed when he came here, is now, he is persuaded, only a scandalous invention.
I am firmly persuaded that my husband's former housekeeper has found him out, has practiced on his weakness in my absence, and has prevailed on him to make another Will.
Only one man was moving at a time; when he was firmly planted the next advanced, and so on.
Each soldier was exactly like the other in shape, except just one, who had been made last when the tin had run short; but there he stood as firmly on his one leg as the others did on two, and he is the one that became famous.
A high mast was fixed on the frame, held firmly by metallic lashings, to which was attached a large brigantine sail.
The Soldier now returned with a long line and tied all three firmly together, also lashing them to the body of the Saw-Horse; so there seemed little danger of their tumbling off.
She might awaken, it was true; and on the other hand, and with equal chance, he might be the wrong man for her, and his declaration of love might only more firmly set her in her views on single blessedness.
His nose was firmly shaped, his mouth particularly sweet in expression, high forehead, intelligent and furrowed with wrinkles like a newly-plowed field.