what is difference between firm and steadfast
- (General American) IPA(key): /fɜɹm/, [fɝm]
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /fɜːm/
- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)m
From Italian firma (“signature”), from firmare (“to sign”), from Latin firmare (“to make firm, to confirm (by signature)”), from firmus (“firm, stable”). The contemporary sense developed in the 18th century simultaneously with German Firma (“business, name of business”). There are conflicting statements in the literature as to which of the two languages influenced which.
firm (plural firms)
- (Britain, business) A business partnership; the name under which it trades.
- (business, economics) A business enterprise, however organized.
- (slang) A criminal gang, especially based around football hooliganism.
- The Firm
From Middle English ferme, from Old French ferme, from Latin firmus (“strong, steady”). Doublet of dharma.
firm (comparative firmer, superlative firmest)
- Steadfast, secure, solid (in position)
- Fixed (in opinion).
- Insistent upon something, not accepting dissent.
- He wanted to stay overnight, but I was firm with him and said he had to leave today.
- Durable, rigid (material state)
- firm flesh; firm muscles, firm wood; firm land (i.e. not soft and marshy)
firm (third-person singular simple present firms, present participle firming, simple past and past participle firmed)
- (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, Australia) To shorten (of betting odds).
- (transitive, Britain, slang) To select (a higher education institution) as one’s preferred choice, so as to enrol automatically if one’s grades match the conditional offer.
- Firm in the Encyclopædia Britannica (11th edition, 1911)
- FRIM, fMRI, fmri, frim
From Latin firmus.
- IPA(key): /fɪʁm/
firm (comparative firmer, superlative am firmsten)
- (somewhat dated) experienced, well versed
- “firm” in Duden online
- genitive plural of firma
Borrowed from Spanish firma.
- chgoꞌo firm
- choꞌo firm
Borrowed from Spanish firme.
- firm, fixed
- Long C., Rebecca; Cruz M., Sofronio (2000) Diccionario zapoteco de San Bartolomé Zoogocho, Oaxaca (Serie de vocabularios y diccionarios indígenas “Mariano Silva y Aceves”; 38) (in Spanish), second electronic edition, Coyoacán, D.F.: Instituto Lingüístico de Verano, A.C., pages 220
- stedfast (obsolete)
From Middle English stedefast, from Old English stedefæst, from Proto-Germanic *stadifastuz, equivalent to stead (“place; spot; position”) + fast (“firm; fixed”). Cognate with Middle Dutch stedevast (“steadfast”), Icelandic staðfastur (“steadfast”), Danish stedfast (“firmly attached, secured”), Danish stadfæste (“to confirm; ratify”), Norwegian Bokmål stadfeste (“confirm, ratify; establish”), Swedish stadfästa (“to confirm; establish”).
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈstɛdfæst/
steadfast (comparative steadfaster or more steadfast, superlative steadfastest or most steadfast)
- Fixed or unchanging; steady.
- Firmly loyal or constant; unswerving.