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firmly

adverb uk   /ˈfɜːm.li/ us    /ˈfɝːm-/

firmly adverb (NOT LOOSELY)

B2 in a way that will not become loose: Make sure the rope is firmly attached before attempting to climb down.
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firmly adverb (STRONGLY)

B2 strongly and tightly: He shook my hand firmly and climbed into the taxi.

firmly adverb (FORCEFULLY)

forcefully: "You're not going to the party and that's that!" she said firmly.

firmly adverb (CERTAINLY)

B2 in a way that is certain or not likely to change: We are firmly committed to reducing unemployment.
Translations of “firmly”
in Chinese (Traditional) 堅固地, 牢固地…
in Chinese (Simplified) 坚固地, 牢固地…
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