not soft or yielding when pressed; comparatively solid, hard, stiff, or rigid: firm ground;firm texture.
securely fixed in place.
not shaking or trembling; steady: a firm voice.
steadfast or unwavering, as persons or principles: firm friends.
indicating firmness or determination: a firm expression.
not fluctuating much or falling, as prices, values, etc.: The stock market was firm today.
to make firm; tighten or strengthen (sometimes followed by up): to firm up one's hold on something.
to steady or fix (sometimes followed by up): to firm up prices.
to become firm or fixed (sometimes followed by up): Butter firms by churning.
(of prices, markets, etc.) to recover; become stronger, as after a decline (sometimes followed by up): Stock prices firmed again today.
firmly: He stood firm.
- firm·ly, adverb
- firm·ness, noun
Other definitions for firm (2 of 2)
a partnership or association for carrying on a business.
the name or title under which associated parties transact business: the firm of Smith & Jones.
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How to use firm in a sentence
That firm is owned by Cathy O’Neil, a data scientist and the author of Weapons of Math Destruction, one of the seminal popular books on AI bias, who has advocated for AI audits for years.Auditors are testing hiring algorithms for bias, but there’s no easy fix | Amy Nordrum | February 11, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
The firm that was portrayed, or at least was the inspiration for “The Wolf of Wall Street,” was Stratton Oakmont.Twenty-Six Words Created the Internet. What Will It Take to Save It? | Stephen Engelberg | February 9, 2021 | ProPublica
His firm didn’t make the investment, but when the former Economist science writer took over, the company was able to nab a seed round from PG&E and SoCal Gas, California’s two massive utilities.A startup using a new tech to make hydrogen extracts cash from Bill Gates’ climate tech fund | Jonathan Shieber | February 9, 2021 | TechCrunch
He worked on Wall Street and then established a successful private equity firm in Philadelphia.How break dancing made the leap from ’80s pop culture to the Olympic stage | Rick Maese | February 9, 2021 | Washington Post
The firm wants Honor Court case files, “notes, findings and conclusions.”VMI resists letting investigators interview cadets, faculty without its lawyers present, report says | Ian Shapira | February 9, 2021 | Washington Post
First, his credentials: He did international mergers and acquisitions at Lazard, a financial and asset management firm.Sen. Warren’s Main Street Crusade to Pressure Clinton | Eleanor Clift | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
But my sources, my young women and their mother, heroically held firm.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003 | Vicky Ward | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Indeed, as an almost purely advisory firm, Lazard is (appropriately) barely affected by the Dodd-Frank reforms.
Currier and Ives was a printmaking firm based out of New York City from 1834 to 1907.The Most Confusing Christmas Music Lyrics Explained (VIDEO) | Kevin Fallon | December 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Business questions are raised—who starts a PE firm and bails on it in a matter of mere months?
Louis stood firm, though pale and respectful, before the resentful gaze of Elizabeth.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
Their glances met, she holding him always at arm's length by that grip upon his shoulders, a grip that was firm and nervous.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
The Spanish troops did not care to venture past a block of buildings in which were the offices and stores of a British firm.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
In fact, on the palm a small drop of blood showed distinctly against the firm, pink flesh.Uncanny Tales | Various
Some of them, more imaginative, declared that Mrs. Charmington was even a sleeping partner in the saponaceous firm.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
British Dictionary definitions for firm (1 of 2)
not soft or yielding to a touch or pressure; rigid; solid
securely in position; stable or stationary
definitely established; decided; settled
enduring or steady; constant
having determination or strength; resolute
(of prices, markets, etc) tending to rise
in a secure, stable, or unyielding manner: he stood firm over his obligation to pay
(sometimes foll by up) to make or become firm
(intr) Australian horse racing (of a horse) to shorten in odds
- firmly, adverb
- firmness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for firm (2 of 2)
a business partnership
any commercial enterprise
a team of doctors and their assistants
a gang of criminals
a gang of football hooligans
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