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Entry Word: firm
Function: adjective
Text: 1 not showing weakness or uncertainty <a friendly fellow with a ready smile and a firm handshake>
Synonyms forceful, hearty, iron, lusty, robust, solid, stout, strong, sturdy, vigorous
Related Words mighty, powerful, tough, unyielding; animated, energetic, lively, spirited; certain, confident, sanguine, sure
Near Antonyms feeble, fragile, frail; limp, listless, spiritless
Antonyms uncertain, weak
2 having a consistency that does not easily yield to pressure <cold butter that was too firm to spread>
Synonyms compact, hard, rigid, solid, stiff, unyielding
Related Words case-hardened, compacted, compressed, hardened, indurated, stiffened, tempered; close, dense, heavy, thick, thickset; inelastic, inflexible, ramrod, unbending; compressed, condensed; sturdy, substantial; impenetrable, impermeable, nonporous
Near Antonyms loose, scattered, thin; bendable, elastic, flexible, malleable, pliable; flaccid, floppy, limp, slack; airy, light; permeable, porous
Antonyms flabby, soft, spongy, squashy, squishy
3 firmly positioned in place and difficult to dislodge <was firm in the saddle during the canter> -- see TIGHT 2
4 fully committed to achieving a goal <asked him to reconsider, but he was firm in his commitment to the project> -- see DETERMINED 1
5 having been established and usually not subject to change <the selling price of the house is firm, so there'll be no dickering> -- see FIXED 1
6 marked by the ability to withstand stress without structural damage or distortion <built on a firm foundation, so the house hasn't settled> -- see STABLE 1