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firmadjective

uk   /fɜːm/  us   /fɝːm/
  • firm adjective (HARD)

B2 not ​soft but not ​completely hard: I'd ​rathersleep on a firm ​mattress than a ​soft one. These ​pears are still too firm to ​eat.

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  • firm adjective (FIXED)

well ​fixed in ​place or ​position: The ​bridgeprovided a firm ​platform for the ​bungeejumpers.
fixed at the same ​level or ​opinion and not ​changing: The ​governmentremains firm in ​itsopposition to ​taxreform.

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  • firm adjective (STRONG)

C2 strong and ​tight: a firm ​handshake Keep a firm ​hold of the ​handrail as you go down.figurative No one ​seems to have a firm grip on the ​company at the ​moment.figurative You need a firm grasp ofmathematics to ​become an ​astronaut.

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  • firm adjective (CERTAIN)

B2 certain and not ​likely to ​change: He is a firm ​believer in ​traditionalfamilyvalues. Some ​people still ​claim that there is no firm ​evidencelinkingsmoking with ​lungcancer.

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firmnoun [C]

uk   /fɜːm/  us   /fɝːm/
B1 a ​company or ​business: He ​works for a ​law firm called Neil and Vigliano. He's just ​startedworking for an ​accountancy firm/a firm ofaccountants in Cambridge.

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firmverb

uk   /fɜːm/  us   /fɝːm/
(Definition of firm from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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firmadjective, adverb [-er/-est only]

 us   /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 ​studentdemands.

firmadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /fɜrm/
not ​soft when ​pressed; ​solid or ​strong: a firm ​mattress a firm ​body fig. No one ​seems to have a firm ​grip on (= be in ​control of) the ​situation at the ​moment.
certain or ​fixed in a ​belief, ​opinion, etc., and ​unlikely to ​change, or so ​certain as to be beyond ​doubt or ​question: a firm ​believer in the Constitution They made a firm ​commitment to ​complete the ​job this ​week. The ​decision is firm – there will be a ​strike.
Firm can also ​meanshowingcontrol and making ​sure you will be ​obeyed: A new ​teacher has to be firm with her ​students.

firmnoun [C]

 us   /fɜrm/
  • firm noun [C] (BUSINESS)

a ​company or ​business: a ​law firm
(Definition of firm from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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firmnoun [C]

uk   us   /fɜːm/
WORKPLACE a ​company or ​business: The firm's ​shareprice has been ​risingsteadily. The firm remains ​heavilydependent on North America, its biggest ​market.big/medium-sized/small firm Small and medium-sized firms accounted for 69.8% of the UK ​businesspopulation.leading/major/top firm He ​hired a ​top firm of ​architects and re-mortgaged the family ​home to ​finance the ​project.accounting/law/manufacturing, etc. firm Local ​manufacturing firms are under ​heavycompetitivepressure, often from off-shore ​production.set up/start (up)/establish a firm Her grandfather had set up the firm soon after the ​war.run/manage a firm The firm was ​run from an ​office in Bolton. She ​joined the family firm soon after ​leaving school.

firmadjective

uk   us   /fɜːm/
agreed or decided and not likely to ​change: firm date/deadline I was given a firm ​deadline of April 30.firm bid/commitment The ​group said it has a firm ​commitment to ​sell two radio ​stations in Chicago to ​minoritypartners.firm order/offer They already have firm ​orders for much of the new ​stock.firm decision We haven't made a firm decision as yet.
FINANCE used to describe a ​price or ​level that is high and is likely to ​rise or ​stay high: Home ​prices are edging ​higher as ​builderspayrecordprices for ​lumber, and ​tightsupplies should ​keepprices firm next ​year.
See also
hold firm
to remain at a high ​level: Top ​sharepricesheld firm through to the ​close, with the ​mainindex up 27.8.
firmness
noun [U]
the firmness of the ​bondmarket

firmverb [I]

uk   us   /fɜːm/
FINANCE to remain at the same ​level, ​amount, etc. or to ​rise slightly: In ​industries such as ​paper, ​chemicals, and ​steel, ​prices have firmed.firm to sth Copper firmed 1.8 ​cents to 142.1 ​cents a ​pound.firm against sth The ​dollar, meanwhile, firmed against the ​euro in the wake of the ​interestraterise. Bank ​shares firmed on ​expectations that the Reserve Bank would ​leaveinterestrates untouched.
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(Definition of firm from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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