From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishfirmfirm1 /fɜːm $ fɜːrm/ ●●●S1W1 noun [countable]COMPANYa business or company, especially a small oneelectronics/advertising/law etc firmShe works for an electronics firm.a firm of accountants/solicitors/builders etcKevin is with a firm of accountants in Birmingham.► see thesaurus at companyCOLLOCATIONSADJECTIVES/NOUN + firma large/big firmHe is managing director of a large firm.a small firmHe trained with a small firm in Cardiff.a medium-sized firmThe law will not effect medium-sized firms with less than 100 employees.an engineering/building/electronics etc firmFred worked for an electronics firm.a law/accounting/advertising etc firmShe was offered a job with a law firm.a British/American Swiss etc firmBritish firms are competing with a number of foreign companies.a local firmThe equipment was supplied by a local firm.a foreign firmThere has been renewed competition from foreign firms.a family firmThe business grew from a small family firm into a large company.phrasesa firm of solicitors/accountants/surveyors etcMs Shaw is a partner in a firm of solicitors.verbswork for a firmChris has been working for this firm for nearly 20 years.join a firmHe joined the firm when he was in his early twenties.leave a firmShe left the firm in 2007.a firm employs somebodyThe firm employs more than 200 people.a firm produces somethingOur firm produces computer software for the business market.a firm supplies somethingThe firm supplies office furniture to local businesses.
firmfirm2 ●●●S3W2 adjective1HARDnot completely hard, but not soft, and not easy to bend into a different shapeOPP softThe sofa cushions are fairly firm.a firm green appleMost doctors recommend sleeping on a firm mattress.► see thesaurus at hard2ATTACHstrongly fixed in position, and not likely to moveSYN secureMake sure the ladder feels firm before you climb up.A concrete foundation was poured after digging down to firm ground.Mount the tanks side by side on a firm base.3SUREnot likely to changefirm conviction/commitment/belief etcOur client hasn’t reached a firm decision on the matter yet.Blackpool remains a firm favourite with holidaymakers from Northern Ireland.Corey was always a firm believer in prayer.They made a firm offer (=offered to pay a particular amount) on the house over the weekend.Diana and Laura have been firm friends (=close friends) since their early teens.4DETERMINEDshowing in the way that you behave or speak that you are the person in control and that you are not likely to change your answer, belief etcCal replied with a polite but firm ‘no’.What this country needs is firm leadership.be firm with somebodyYou need to be firm with her or she’ll try to take advantage of you.► see thesaurus at determined, strict5 →a firm grip/hold/grasp etc6 →take a firm stand/line7 →stand/hold firm8 →a firm hand9moneyPEC [not before noun] if the value of a particular country’s money is firm, it does not fall in valueSYN steadyfirm againstThe pound is still firm against the dollar. —firmly adverb —firmness noun [uncountable]
firm• The researchers are to examine more trees including four more species before they firm up their claims.From King Business Dictionaryfirmfirm1 /fɜːmfɜːrm/ noun [countable]ORGANIZATIONSa company or business, especially one which is quite smallThe eight-volume guide contains entries for 700,000 lawyers and 44,000law firms.afirm of chartered accountantsThe auditing services market is dominated by a small number of large accounting firms. →consulting firm →search firmfirmfirm2 verb [intransitive, transitive]FINANCE if prices on a financial market firm to a particular level, they rise to that levelfirm toSales volume hit £53 million as the shares firmed 19p to 126p.→ See Verb tablefirmfirm3 adjective [only before a noun]1firm decisions, judgements, or offers are final and not likely to be changedThe Confederation of British Industry said it was too early to make firm forecasts about demand.The airline hasfirm orders for 20 Airbus A321 medium-range jets.2FINANCEstocks, shares, prices etc which are firm have been rising and do not seem likely to fallThe Federal Reserve chairman implied that the US would keepinterest rates firm.OPEC members needfirm prices to maintain their revenues.The dollar ended the week on a firm note (=with a steady price).Originfirm1(1700-1800)Italianfirma“signature”, from Latinfirmare“to show to be true”, from firmus; → FIRM2firm2(1300-1400)Old FrenchLatinfirmus