firm Definition

  • 1having a solid, almost unyielding surface or structure
  • 2strongly felt and unlikely to change
  • 3a business concern, especially one involving a partnership of two or more people

Using firm: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "firm" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The ground was firm underfoot.

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    She had a firm grip on the handle.

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    I'm firm in my belief that we should move forward with the plan.

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    He has a firm commitment to his family.

  • Example

    Their law firm specializes in intellectual property.

  • Example

    We need to find a new accounting firm for our business.

firm Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with firm

  • to remain determined and not change your opinion or position


    Despite the criticism, she held firm to her beliefs.

  • firm up

    to become more definite or certain


    We need to firm up the details before we can make a decision.

  • strict control or discipline


    The coach used a firm hand to keep the team focused.

Origins of firm

from Middle English 'ferme', from Old French 'ferme', from Latin 'firmus'


Summary: firm in Brief

The term 'firm' [fɜːm] describes a solid and unyielding surface or structure, as well as a strong and unwavering feeling. It can also refer to a business concern, such as a law or accounting firm. Phrases like 'hold firm' denote determination, while 'firm up' means to become more definite or certain.

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