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FIRM

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does firm mean? 

FIRM (noun)
  The noun FIRM has 1 sense:

1. the members of a business organization that owns or operates one or more establishments

  Familiarity information: FIRM used as a noun is very rare.


FIRM (adjective)
  The adjective FIRM has 11 senses:

1. marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable
2. not soft or yielding to pressure
3. strong and sure
4. not subject to revision or change
5. (of especially a person's physical features) not shaking or trembling
6. not liable to fluctuate or especially to fall
7. securely established
8. possessing the tone and resiliency of healthy tissue
9. pleasingly firm and fresh and making a crunching noise when chewed
10. securely fixed in place
11. unwavering in devotion to friend or vow or cause

  Familiarity information: FIRM used as an adjective is familiar.


FIRM (verb)
  The verb FIRM has 2 senses:

1. become taut or tauter
2. make taut or tauter

  Familiarity information: FIRM used as a verb is rare.


FIRM (adverb)
  The adverb FIRM has 1 sense:

1. with resolute determination

  Familiarity information: FIRM used as an adverb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


FIRM (noun)


Sense 1firm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The members of a business organization that owns or operates one or more establishments

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

business firm; firm; house

Context example:

he worked for a brokerage house

Hypernyms ("firm" is a kind of...):

business; business concern; business organisation; business organization; concern (a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "firm"):

corp; corporation (a business firm whose articles of incorporation have been approved in some state)

accounting firm (a firm of accountants who provide accounting and auditing services for a fee)

consulting company; consulting firm (a firm of experts providing professional advice to an organization for a fee)

publisher; publishing company; publishing firm; publishing house (a firm in the publishing business)

dealer (a firm engaged in trading)

law firm (a firm of lawyers)

auction house (a firm that conducts auctions)


FIRM (adjective)


Sense 1firm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable

Synonyms:

unwavering; unshakable; unfaltering; unbendable; steadfast; firm; steady; stiff

Context examples:

firm convictions / a firm mouth / steadfast resolve / a man of unbendable perseverence / unwavering loyalty

Similar:

resolute (firm in purpose or belief; characterized by firmness and determination)


Sense 2firm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not soft or yielding to pressure

Synonyms:

firm; solid

Context examples:

a firm mattress / the snow was firm underfoot / solid ground

Similar:

hard (resisting weight or pressure)


Sense 3firm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Strong and sure

Synonyms:

firm; strong

Context examples:

a firm grasp / gave a strong pull on the rope

Similar:

forceful (characterized by or full of force or strength (often but not necessarily physical))


Sense 4firm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not subject to revision or change

Context examples:

a firm contract / a firm offer

Similar:

settled (established or decided beyond dispute or doubt)


Sense 5firm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of especially a person's physical features) not shaking or trembling

Context examples:

his voice was firm and confident / a firm step

Similar:

steady (not subject to change or variation especially in behavior)


Sense 6firm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not liable to fluctuate or especially to fall

Synonyms:

unfluctuating; steady; firm

Context example:

stocks are still firm

Similar:

stable (resistant to change of position or condition)


Sense 7firm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Securely established

Synonyms:

established; firm

Context examples:

an established reputation / holds a firm position as the country's leading poet

Similar:

secure (free from danger or risk)


Sense 8firm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Possessing the tone and resiliency of healthy tissue

Context example:

firm muscles

Similar:

healthy (having or indicating good health in body or mind; free from infirmity or disease)


Sense 9firm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pleasingly firm and fresh and making a crunching noise when chewed

Synonyms:

crunchy; crisp; firm

Context examples:

crisp carrot and celery sticks / a firm apple / crunchy lettuce

Similar:

fresh (recently made, produced, or harvested)


Sense 10firm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Securely fixed in place

Synonyms:

immobile; fast; firm

Context example:

the post was still firm after being hit by the car

Similar:

fixed (securely placed or fastened or set)


Sense 11firm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Unwavering in devotion to friend or vow or cause

Synonyms:

truehearted; loyal; fast; firm

Context examples:

a firm ally / loyal supporters / the true-hearted soldier...of Tippecanoe / fast friends

Similar:

faithful (steadfast in affection or allegiance)


FIRM (verb)


Sense 1firm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become taut or tauter

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

tauten; firm

Context examples:

Your muscles will firm when you exercise regularly / the rope tautened

Hypernyms (to "firm" is one way to...):

tighten (become tight or tighter)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 2firm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make taut or tauter

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

firm; tauten

Context example:

tauten a rope

Hypernyms (to "firm" is one way to...):

fasten; tighten (make tight or tighter)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


FIRM (adverb)


Sense 1firm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

With resolute determination

Synonyms:

firm; firmly; steadfastly; unwaveringly

Context examples:

we firmly believed it / you must stand firm


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