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
In return, the crowdfunding platform will provide the firm with access to its startup network.ORIX invests $60M in Israeli crowdfunding platform OurCrowd | Frederic Lardinois | November 20, 2020 | TechCrunch
The tactic accounts for around 70% of Robinhood’s revenue, raising questions of whether this is sustainable and if the firm will be able to diversify its revenue stream in the future.Robinhood co-founder steps down as co-CEO, leaving Vlad Tenev as sole chief ahead of a rumored IPO | Jeff | November 20, 2020 | Fortune
The mission, the firm’s 16th so far, included a soft parachute landing of the first-stage booster to the ocean for the first time.Rocket Lab has successfully recovered a booster for the first time | Neel Patel | November 20, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Green tech firms struggle to find financing for their ideas, which is a major barrier to tackling our growing climate problem.
It’s hard enough to go out and collect data on one firm and their advertising and sales spending, let alone do this for hundreds of products at once.Does Advertising Actually Work? (Part 1: TV) (Ep. 440) | Stephen J. Dubner | November 19, 2020 | Freakonomics
The firming of the soil about the roots of a newly set plant is as important as firming it over planted seeds.The First Book of Farming | Charles L. Goodrich
I find this more effective than firming the soil with the foot, as it prevents the possibility of loose planting.Amateur Gardencraft | Eben E. Rexford
Fill in over the roots, gradually firming the soil above with the feet.The Practical Garden-Book | C. E. Hunn
Push the sets well down into the ground and cover with soil, firming them with the feet or a roller.The Practical Garden-Book | C. E. Hunn
It meant only the selection of stones and firming them into place.The Library of Work and Play: Gardening and Farming. | Ellen Eddy Shaw
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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