firm

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Etymology 1[edit]

From German Firma (business, name of business), from Italian firma (signature), from firmare (to sign), from Latin firmare (to make firm, to confirm (by signature)), from firmus (firm, stable).

Noun[edit]

firm (plural firms)

  1. (UK, business) A business partnership; the name under which it trades.
  2. (business, economics) A business enterprise, however organized.
    • 2013 June 1, “End of the peer show”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8838, page 71: 
      Finance is seldom romantic. But the idea of peer-to-peer lending comes close. This is an industry that brings together individual savers and lenders on online platforms. [] Banks and credit-card firms are kept out of the picture. Talk to enough people in the field and someone is bound to mention the “democratisation of finance”.
  3. (slang) A criminal gang.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Middle English ferme, from Old French ferme, from Latin firmus (strong, steady).

Adjective[edit]

firm (comparative firmer, superlative firmest)

  1. steadfast, secure, hard (in position)
    • It's good to have a firm grip when shaking hands.
  2. fixed (in opinion)
    a firm believer; a firm friend; a firm adherent
    • He was firm that selling his company would a good choice and didn't let anyone talk him out of it.
    • 2012 May 9, John Percy, “Birmingham City 2 Blackpool 2 (2-3 on agg): match report”, the Telegraph:
      With such constant off-field turmoil Hughton’s work has been remarkable and this may have been his last game in charge. West Bromwich Albion, searching for a replacement for Roy Hodgson, are firm admirers.
  3. solid, rigid (material state)
    firm flesh; firm muscles, firm wood; firm land (i.e. not soft and marshy)
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Verb[edit]

firm (third-person singular simple present firms, present participle firming, simple past and past participle firmed)

  1. (transitive) To make firm or strong; fix securely.
  2. (transitive) To make compact or resistant to pressure; solidify.
  3. (intransitive) To become firm; stabilise.
  4. (intransitive) To improve after decline.
  5. (intransitive) Aust. To shorten (of betting odds).
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Noun[edit]

firm f

  1. genitive plural of firma