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Firm appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • Star in a model firm regrets lobotomy Nazis out-rival, O cola virtuosi: zany mo to bolster germ-rifled Omani rats.
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Usage statistics for the noun firm:

spoken English24.89%written English75.11% imaginative writing14.57%informational writing85.43%

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Definition of the adjective firm

What does firm mean as an attribute of a noun?

Firm is one of the top 1000 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: firmer | firmest

  1. marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable
  2. not soft or yielding to pressure
    • examples: a firm mattress | the snow was firm underfoot
    • synonym of firm: solid
    • similar: hard
  3. strong and sure
  4. not subject to revision or change
    • examples: a firm contract | a firm offer
    • similar: settled
  5. (of especially a person's physical features) not shaking or trembling
    • examples: his voice was firm and confident | a firm step
    • similar: steady
  6. not liable to fluctuate or especially to fall
  7. securely established
    • example: holds a firm position as the country's leading poet
    • similar: secure
  8. possessing the tone and resiliency of healthy tissue
    • example: firm muscles
    • similar: healthy
  9. securely fixed in place
    • example: the post was still firm after being hit by the car
    • synonyms of firm: fast / immobile
    • similar: fixed
  10. unwavering in devotion to friend or vow or cause

Alternative definition of the adjective firm


  1. steadfast, secure, hard (in position)
  2. fixed (in opinion)
  3. solid, rigid (material state)

Definition of the adverb firm

What does firm mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. with resolute determination

Definition of the noun firm

What does firm mean as a name of something?

Firm is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: firms

  1. the members of a business organization that owns or operates one or more establishments

Alternative definition of the noun firm


  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

Definition of the verb firm

What does firm mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: firmed | firming | firms

  1. become taut or tauter
  2. make taut or tauter
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of firm: tauten
    • more generic words: fasten / tighten = make tight or tighter

Alternative definition of the verb firm


  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] Aust. To shorten (of betting odds).


"Firm" a.k.a. "The Firm" is a 1993 American legal thriller film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter, Hal Holbrook, and David Strathairn. The film is based on the 1991 novel The Firm by author John Grisham.


"Firm" is a musical album by Ben Apolinar.

  • released on
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Firm is a record label.


firm is a cheese texture.

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Firm: Firms that offer these public relations services.

Phrases with Firm

Phrases starting with the word Firm:

  1. firm up
  2. firm omelet

Phrases ending with the word Firm:

  1. law firm
  2. hold firm
  3. stand firm
  4. remain firm
  5. Levered Firm
  6. removal firm
  7. service firm
  8. business firm
  9. brokerage firm
  10. insurance firm
  11. accounting firm
  12. consulting firm
  13. investment firm
  14. publishing firm
  15. securities firm

Other phrases containing the word Firm:

  1. to firm up
  2. take a firm stand
  3. to take a firm stand

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Firm

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Google previewA School Security Officer (2014)

What Makes A Good One? by James Puckett

Being firm means you'll sometimes go against thewill of others. But after all, it's your job to promote safety and security. Your job will sometimes cause you to go against the will of students, staff, and parents. You're always thinking safetyand ...

Google previewIt's an Emotional Game (2002)

Learning about Leadership from the Experience of Football by Lionel F. Stapley

Being firm means an insistence on keeping to agreed boundaries. For example, on match days it is important that all players report by a determined and agreed time. All players are aware of this boundary and know that there are few, if any, ...

Google previewWhat the Bible says to the Believer (2011)

The word firm means steadfast, fixed, determined, purposed, faithful. Stand fast and fixed in your belief and work for the Lord. Be unwavering in your determination to live for Christ and to serve Him. b. The phrase "let nothing move you" means ...

Google previewParenting the Ephraim's Child (2012)

Characteristics, Capabilities, and Challenges of Children Who Are Intensely More by Deborah Talmadge, Jamie Theler

The word firm means showing resolute determination. This does not mean yelling or using an angry voice, but using a voice that shows you are serious; you mean business, if you do not feel confident enough as a parent, try practicing.

Google previewA Dictionary of Economics (2012)

by John Black, Nigar Hashimzade, Gareth Myles

firm The basic unit of organization for productive activities. Economic theory views the firm as transforming inputs into outputs subject to the limitations of its technological knowledge (summarized in the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Security Management (2007)

by John Fay

Both specifically include the nature of competition, for it is the purpose of both to assist the firm in gaining and maintaining competitive advantage through the application of established principles not normally found in the business community.

Google previewNolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary (2009)

by Gerald N. Hill, Kathleen Hill

Hill, Kathleen Hill Nolo (Firm). promise (both ofwhich are referred to as consideration). Failure to fulfill a contractual promise is a breach, for which the other party may seek legal remedies such as performance and damages. proper ...

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Usage statistics about firm

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun firm:

spoken English24.89%written English75.11% imaginative writing14.57%informational writing85.43%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun firm:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective firm:


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Quotes about Firm

We have a firm commitment to NATO, we are a part of NATO. We have a firm commitment to Europe. We are a part of Europe. (Dan Quayle)
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Scrabble value of F4I1R1M3

The value of this 4-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of FIRM

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