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firm2

[furm] /fɜrm/
noun
1.
a partnership or association for carrying on a business.
2.
the name or title under which associated parties transact business:
the firm of Smith & Jones.
Origin of firm2
1565-1575
1565-75; < Spanish firma signature (hence, legal name of a partnership, etc.), noun derivative firmar to sign < Latin firmāre to strengthen, confirm, derivative of firmus firm1
Synonyms
1. company, business, concern, house.
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British Dictionary definitions for firm's

firm1

/fɜːm/
adjective
1.
not soft or yielding to a touch or pressure; rigid; solid
2.
securely in position; stable or stationary
3.
definitely established; decided; settled
4.
enduring or steady; constant
5.
having determination or strength; resolute
6.
(of prices, markets, etc) tending to rise
adverb
7.
in a secure, stable, or unyielding manner: he stood firm over his obligation to pay
verb
8.
(sometimes foll by up) to make or become firm
9.
(intransitive) (Austral, horse racing) (of a horse) to shorten in odds
Derived Forms
firmly, adverb
firmness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin firmus

firm2

/fɜːm/
noun
1.
a business partnership
2.
any commercial enterprise
3.
a team of doctors and their assistants
4.
(Brit, slang)
  1. a gang of criminals
  2. a gang of football hooligans
Word Origin
C16 (in the sense: signature): from Spanish firma signature, title of a partnership or business concern, from firmar to sign, from Latin firmāre to confirm, from firmus firm
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Word Origin and History for firm's

firm

adj.

late 14c., from Old French ferm (12c.) "firm, strong, vigorous, steadfast; loyal, faithful," from Latin firmus "firm, strong, steadfast, enduring, stable," from PIE root *dher- "to hold, support" (cf. Sanskrit dharmah "custom, law," Greek thronos "seat," Lithuanian dirzmas "strong," Welsh dir "hard," Breton dir "steel"). The return in late 1500s to -i- from Middle English ferme was modeled on Latin. Related: Firmly; firmness.

n.

"business house," 1744, from German Firma "a business, name of a business," originally "signature," from Italian firma "signature," from firmare "to sign," from Latin firmare "make firm, affirm," in Late Latin, "confirm (by signature)," from firmus "firm, stable" (see firm (adj.)).

v.

c.1300, fermen "make firm, establish," from Old French fermer (12c.) or directly from Latin firmare, from firmus (see firm (adj.)). Related: Firmed; firming.

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Related Abbreviations for firm's

FIRM

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