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firm



Pronunciation: (fûrm), [key]
adj., -er, -est,
v., adv., -er, -est.


adj.
1. not soft or yielding when pressed; comparatively solid, hard, stiff, or rigid: firm ground; firm texture.
2. securely fixed in place.
3. not shaking or trembling; steady: a firm voice.
4. not likely to change; fixed; settled; unalterable: a firm belief.
5. steadfast or unwavering, as persons or principles: firm friends.
6. indicating firmness or determination: a firm expression.
7. not fluctuating much or falling, as prices, values, etc.: The stock market was firm today.

v.t.
1. to make firm; tighten or strengthen (sometimes fol. by up): to firm up one's hold on something.
2. to steady or fix (sometimes fol. by up): to firm up prices.

v.i.
1. to become firm or fixed (sometimes fol. by up): Butter firms by churning.
2. (of prices, markets, etc.) to recover; become stronger, as after a decline (sometimes fol. by up): Stock prices firmed again today.

adv.
firmly: He stood firm.

firm



Pronunciation: (fûrm), [key]
n.
1. a partnership or association for carrying on a business.
2. the name or title under which associated parties transact business: the firm of Smith & Jones.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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