The adjective firm describes something that's strong and unwavering. If your great Aunt Martha had a firm belief that children should be seen and not heard, you and your siblings might have spent your childhood driving her crazy.

Something that is solid can also be described as firm. When you take a stick of butter out of the fridge, it's firm, and it needs to soften before you cream it with sugar. Another definition for the adjective firm is unwavering or loyal. You might be a firm supporter of your favorite baseball team, even though they haven't made it to a World Series in more than twenty years.

Primary Meanings of firm

not soft or yielding to pressure
become taut or tauter
not subject to revision or change
with resolute determination
the members of a business organization that owns or operates one or more establishments
Full Definitions of firm

adj not soft or yielding to pressure

“a firm mattress”
“the snow was firm underfoot”
resisting weight or pressure

adj possessing the tone and resiliency of healthy tissue

firm muscles”
having or indicating good health in body or mind; free from infirmity or disease

adj strong and sure

“a firm grasp”
characterized by or full of force or strength (often but not necessarily physical)

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

“his voice was firm and confident”
“a firm step”
not subject to change or variation especially in behavior

adj securely fixed in place

“the post was still firm after being hit by the car”
fast, immobile
securely placed or fastened or set

v become taut or tauter

“Your muscles will firm when you exercise regularly”
Type of:
become tight or tighter

v make taut or tauter

Type of:
fasten, tighten
make tight or tighter

adj not subject to revision or change

“a firm contract”
“a firm offer”
established or decided beyond dispute or doubt

adj securely established

“holds a firm position as the country's leading poet”
free from danger or risk

adj marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable

firm convictions”
“a firm mouth”
steadfast, steady, stiff, unbendable, unfaltering, unshakable, unwavering
firm in purpose or belief; characterized by firmness and determination

adj not liable to fluctuate or especially to fall

“stocks are still firm
steady, unfluctuating
resistant to change of position or condition

adj unwavering in devotion to friend or vow or cause

“a firm ally”
fast, loyal, truehearted
steadfast in affection or allegiance

adv with resolute determination

“you must stand firm
firmly, steadfastly, unwaveringly

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

business firm, house
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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
a firm engaged in trading
law firm
a firm of lawyers
auction house
a firm that conducts auctions
conglomerate, empire
a group of diverse companies under common ownership and run as a single organization
large cap
a corporation with a large capitalization
small cap
a corporation with a small capitalization
newspaper, newspaper publisher, paper
a business firm that publishes newspapers
magazine, magazine publisher
a business firm that publishes magazines
car dealer
a firm that sells and buys cars
computer dealer
a firm that sells and buys computers
jewelry dealer, jewelry store
a firm that sells and buys jewelry
truck dealer
a firm that sells and buys trucks
close corporation, closed corporation, private corporation, privately held corporation
a corporation owned by a few people; shares have no public market
closely held corporation
stock is publicly traded but most is held by a few shareholders who have no plans to sell
shell corporation, shell entity
a company that is incorporated but has no assets or operations
FDIC, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
a federally sponsored corporation that insures accounts in national banks and other qualified institutions
FHLMC, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, Freddie Mac
a corporation authorized by Congress to provide a secondary market for residential mortgages
FNMA, Fannie Mae, Federal National Mortgage Association
a federally chartered corporation that purchases mortgages
Boy Scouts of America
a corporation that operates through a national council that charters local councils all over the United States; the purpose is character building and citizenship training
Type of:
business, business concern, business organisation, business organization, concern
a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it

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