• (America) IPA: /fɜɹm/, [fɝm]
  • (RP) IPA: /fɜːm/

firm (plural firms)

  1. (UK, business) A business partnership; the name under which it trades.
  2. (business, economics) A business enterprise, however organized.
  3. (slang) A criminal gang, especially based around football hooliganism.
  • Portuguese: firma
  • Russian: фи́рма
  • Spanish: firma
Translations Adjective

firm (comparative firmer, superlative firmest)

  1. Steadfast, secure, solid (in position)
    It's good to have a firm grip when shaking hands.
  2. Fixed (in opinion)
    a firm believer; a firm friend; a firm adherent
    • He was firm that selling his company would a good choice and didn't let anyone talk him out of it.
  3. Durable, rigid (material state)
    firm flesh; firm muscles, firm wood; firm land (i.e. not soft and marshy)
Translations Translations
  • Italian: ferreo
  • Portuguese: firme
  • Russian: непоколеби́мый
Translations Verb

firm (firms, present participle firming; past and past participle firmed)

  1. (transitive) To make firm or strong; fix securely.
  2. (transitive) To make compact or resistant to pressure; solidify.
  3. (intransitive) To become firm; stabilise.
  4. (intransitive) To improve after decline.
  5. (intransitive, Australia) To shorten (of betting odds).
  6. (transitive, UK, slang) To select (a higher education institution) as one's preferred choice, so as to enrol automatically if one's grades match the conditional offer.
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