Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “firmly”

See all translations

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.
More examples

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…
(Definition of firmly from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of firmly?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “firmly” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

escapism

a way of avoiding an unpleasant or boring life, especially by thinking, reading, etc. about more exciting but impossible activities

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

showrooming noun

February 23, 2015
the activity of examining a product in a physical store and then making the purchase with an online retailer Amazon’s new smartphone is specifically designed to make showrooming fast and easy.

Read More