firmness


firmness
Ⅰ.
firm UK US /fɜːm/ noun [C]
WORKPLACE a company or business: »

The firm's share price has been rising steadily.

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The firm remains heavily dependent on North America, its biggest market.

big/medium-sized/small firm »

Small and medium-sized firms accounted for 69.8% of the UK business population.

leading/major/top firm »

He hired a top firm of architects and re-mortgaged the family home to finance the project.

accounting/law/manufacturing, etc. firm »

Local manufacturing firms are under heavy competitive pressure, often from off-shore production.

set up/start (up)/establish a firm »

Her grandfather had set up the firm soon after the war.

run/manage a firm »

The firm was run from an office in Bolton.

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She joined the family firm soon after leaving school.

See Note COMPANY(Cf. company)
See also CONSULTING(Cf. ↑consulting), SEARCH FIRM(Cf. ↑search firm)
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firm UK US /fɜːm/ adjective
agreed or decided and not likely to change: firm date/deadline »

I was given a firm deadline of April 30.

firm bid/commitment »

The group said it has a firm commitment to sell two radio stations in Chicago to minority partners.

firm order/offer »

They already have firm orders for much of the new stock.

firm decision »

We haven't made a firm decision as yet.

FINANCE used to describe a price or level that is high and is likely to rise or stay high: »

Home prices are edging higher as builders pay record prices for lumber, and tight supplies should keep prices firm next year.

See also STEADY(Cf. ↑steady)
hold firm — Cf. hold firm
firmness noun [U]
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the firmness of the bond market

Ⅲ.
firm UK US /fɜːm/ verb [I]
FINANCE to remain at the same level, amount, etc. or to rise slightly: »

In industries such as paper, chemicals, and steel, prices have firmed.

firm to sth »

Copper firmed 1.8 cents to 142.1 cents a pound.

firm against sth »

The dollar, meanwhile, firmed against the euro in the wake of the interest rate rise.

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Bank shares firmed on expectations that the Reserve Bank would leave interest rates untouched.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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