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1‘the ground is fairly firm’
hard, solid, unyielding, resistant
compacted, compressed, condensed, dense, close-grained
stiff, rigid, inflexible, inelastic
congealed, frozen, set, gelled
2‘no building can stand without firm foundations’
secure, secured, stable, steady, strong, sturdy, fixed, fast, set, taut, established, tight
immovable, irremovable, unshakeable
anchored, moored, rooted, embedded
riveted, braced, cemented, nailed, tied
3‘a firm handshake’
strong, vigorous, sturdy, robust, forceful
4‘I was very firm about what I wanted to do’
resolute, determined, decided, resolved, steadfast
adamant, assertive, emphatic, insistent, single-minded, in earnest, whole-hearted
unfaltering, unwavering, unflinching, unswerving, unyielding, unbending, inflexible, obdurate, obstinate, stubborn, intransigent
implacable, relentless, unrelenting, hard-line, strict, unmalleable
strong-willed, dominant, domineering
committed, dyed-in-the-wool, through-and-through, seasoned, hardened
5‘she became a firm friend of the couple’
close, good, boon, intimate, confidential, inseparable, dear, special, fast, valued, treasured, cherished
constant, enduring, abiding, devoted, loving, faithful, durable, reliable, deep-rooted, long-standing, long-lasting, steady, steadfast, stable, staunch
6‘she had no firm plans for the next day’
definite, fixed, settled, decided, established, confirmed, agreed, exact, clear-cut, concrete, hard and fast
unalterable, unchangeable, irreversible, writ in stone
1‘a law firm’
company, business, concern, enterprise, venture, undertaking, house, establishment, organization, corporation, conglomerate, franchise, cooperative, office, bureau, service, agency, practice, partnership, consortium, syndicate
informal outfit, set-up, shop
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