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verb firm pronunciation in British English /fɜː(r)m/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyfirm
he/she/itfirms
present participlefirming
past tensefirmed
past participlefirmed
  1. 1
    [transitive] to make something more solid and strong

    Gently firm the earth around the new plants.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] literary to become or appear stronger

      Anna's jaw firmed as she thought of what she must do.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to become less likely to change

    Share prices have firmed for the fourth day in a row.

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