firm1 [ fɜrm ] adjective ***
1. ) solid but not hard:
The ground beneath our feet was fairly firm and not too muddy.
I sleep better on a firm mattress.
firm, ripe tomatoes
─ opposite SOFT
2. ) steady and fixed in place:
Make sure the ladder is firm before you start to climb.
a ) steady and not likely to change:
The dollar remained firm against the yen today.
─ opposite UNSTABLE
3. ) definite and not likely to change:
Have you set a firm date for the meeting?
a firm commitment: We want a firm commitment that resources will be provided.
a firm belief/conviction: It is my firm belief that we must encourage debate.
a firm believer: Mark's a firm believer in discipline for children.
a firm favorite: The Rams are firm favorites to take the title this year.
a ) definite and reliable:
firm evidence: No firm evidence links pollution with asthma.
firm news: All we have at the moment is rumors, no firm news.
4. ) showing that you are in control of a situation and will not be easily forced to do something:
Her staff regard her as firm but fair.
What the party needs now is firm leadership.
be firm with someone: You sometimes have to be firm with young children.
take firm action: The government must take firm action to stop the fighting.
a ) physically or mentally strong:
She took a firm hold of the stick and pulled hard.
Her handshake was firm and her smile warm.
Bruce put a firm hand on my arm.
b ) hold firm to something to continue to believe in or support something despite pressure from other people:
NATO held firm to their policy on aggression.
c ) stand firm to refuse to change your opinion or policy despite pressure from other people:
They are standing firm against pressure from the rest of Europe.
d ) take a firm stand/line to state your opinion and refuse to change it:
The government has taken a firm line on illegal immigration.
a firm hand
if someone needs a firm hand, they need to be controlled in a strict way
╾ firm|ly adverb:
I firmly believe that we must act at once.
╾ firm|ness noun uncount
firm 2 [ fɜrm ] noun count **
a business or company:
a building/engineering/law firm
a large firm: She works for a large firm.
firm of: a firm of accountants/architects/lawyers
firm 3 [ fɜrm ] verb
1. ) transitive to make something more solid and strong:
Gently firm the earth around the new plants.
a ) intransitive LITERARY to become or appear stronger:
Anna's jaw firmed as she thought of what she must do.
2. ) intransitive to become less likely to change:
Share prices have firmed for the fourth day in a row.
,firm `up phrasal verb
1. ) intransitive or transitive become more definite or make something more definite:
Negotiators will meet later this week to firm up the deal.
Voting preferences have firmed up over the past few months.
2. ) transitive to make the muscles in a part of your body stronger
a ) to give someone or something what they need in order to be stronger:
They've agreed to firm up their peacekeeping force.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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