From German Firma (“business, name of business”), from Italian firma (“signature”), from firmare (“to sign”), from Latin firmare (“to make firm, to confirm (by signature)”), from firmus (“firm, stable”).
firm (plural firms)
- (UK, business) A business partnership; the name under which it trades.
- (business, economics) A business enterprise, however organized.
- (slang) A criminal gang
business or company
- steadfast, secure, hard (in position)
- It's good to have a firm grip when shaking hands.
- fixed (in opinion)
- He was firm that selling his company would a good choice and didn't let anyone talk him out of it.
- 2012 May 9, John Percy, “Birmingham City 2 Blackpool 2 (2-3 on agg): match report”, the Telegraph:
- With such constant off-field turmoil Hughton’s work has been remarkable and this may have been his last game in charge. West Bromwich Albion, searching for a replacement for Roy Hodgson, are firm admirers.
- solid, rigid (material state)
steadfast, secure (position)
fixed (in opinions)
solid, rigid (material state)
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Translations to be checked
- (transitive) To make firm or strong; fix securely.
- (transitive) To make compact or resistant to pressure; solidify.
- (intransitive) To become firm; stabilise.
- (intransitive) To improve after decline.
- (intransitive) Aust. To shorten (of betting odds).
to make firm or strong
to fix securely
to become firm
Australian, betting: to shorten — see shorten