Meaning of “firmly” in the English Dictionary

"firmly" in British English

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uk /ˈfɜː us /ˈfɝː

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

  • Carefully tighten the clamp until it firmly supports the pipette in a vertical position.
  • The tent pegs should be fixed firmly in place.
  • The hook had been screwed firmly into the wall.
  • The handle needs to be attached more firmly to the door.
  • Tighten the bolt until the lever fits firmly against the panel.

(Definition of “firmly” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"firmly" in American English

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us /ˈfɜrm·li/

in a way that will not move, come loose, or fall over:

Fasten your seatbelt firmly.

in a solid or strong way:

He shook my hand firmly.

in a certain way, or in a way that is unlikely to change:

The mayor is firmly committed to reducing crime in the city.

(Definition of “firmly” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)