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firm

adjective, adverb [-er/-est only] (FIXED)   /fɜrm/
set in place and unable or unlikely to move , come loose , or fall over: The rocks were wet , and we couldn’t get a firm footing . fig. Sometimes it takes more courage to admit you’re wrong than to stand firm (= continue to defend an opinion ). fig. The dean is holding firm and refusing to give in to student demands .
(Definition of firm adjective, adverb (FIXED) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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