firm

firm
1 noun (C) a business or company, especially a small one : electronics/advertising/law etc firm: She works for an electronics firm. | a firm of accountants/solicitors etc: Kevin is with a firm of accountants in Birmingham. 2 adjective
1 HARD not completely hard, but not soft and not easy to bend into a different shape: The sofa cushions are fairly firm. | a firm green apple
2 NOT LIKELY TO MOVE strong or fixed in position, and not likely to move or break: The ladder felt strong and firm.
3 NOT LIKELY TO CHANGE firm decisions, beliefs etc are not likely to change, because you are sure about them: The client hasn't reached a firm decision on the matter yet.
4 STRONG AND IN CONTROL behaving or speaking in a way that is strong and that shows you are not likely to change your answer, belief etc: Cal replied with a polite but firm `no'. | The country needs firm leadership. | be firm with sb: You need to be firm with her, or she'll try to take control.
5 a firm grip/hold/grasp if you have something in a firm hold you are holding it tightly and strongly: He took a firm grip of my arm and marched me towards the door. | a firm handshake (=in which you hold the other person's hand strongly or tightly)
6 take a firm stand/line to state your opinion clearly and not be persuaded to change it
7 stand/hold firm to not change your actions or opinions: Gothard is urging Christians to stand firm against divorce.
8 MONEY not falling in value: The pound was still firm against the dollar this morning.
—see also: firm offer — firmly adverb — firmness noun (U) 3 verb (T) to press down on soil to make it harder or more solid firm sth up phrasal verb (T)
1 to make arrangements, ideas etc more definite and exact: We're hoping to firm up the deal later this month.
2 to make a part of your body have more muscle and less fat by exercising

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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