Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a firm or definite or strong manner.
  • adv. Securely

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a firm manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a firm manner; solidly; compactly; strongly; steadily; with constancy or fixedness; steadfastly; resolutely; immovably: as, particles of matter firmly cohering; he firmly believes in fatalism; his resolution is firmly fixed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a secure manner; in a manner free from danger
  • adv. with firmness
  • adv. with resolute determination

Etymologies

firm +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Then, last year, producer William Sorin of IPO Records a label firmly focused on the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, of which Mr. Owens was a founding member approached Mr. Owens about a new album, and the trumpeter thought back to another musician-composer from his past who was actually less of a mentor than he might have preferred: Thelonious Monk.

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  • Following consecutive defeats away at Tottenham and Wigan Athletic, Arsene Wenger's gaze has shifted from having the title firmly in his sights to nervously peering over his shoulder at the chasing pack.

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  • That and a desire to appeal to a more universal crowd left the title firmly ensconced in the "T for Teen" rating category.

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  • With Barry's quest for the title firmly in his sights, stage five saw Sigurdarson and Sankey re-take the lead, the Icelandic driver getting to grips with his new Evo X as every mile clicked-by.

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  • HELMAN: Most of the world ought to know that Mitt Romney has long been a supporter of abortion rights and only a few years ago changed to what he calls a firmly pro-life position.

    CNN Transcript May 24, 2007

  • HELMAN: Mitt Romney has long been a supporter of abortion rights and only a few years ago changed to what he calls a firmly pro-life position.

    CNN Transcript Jul 29, 2007

  • HELMAN: Most of the world ought to know that Mitt Romney has long been a supporter of abortion rights and only a few years ago changed to a-- what he calls a firmly pro-life position.

    CNN Transcript Jul 4, 2007

  • The Sharjah-born, London-bred designer says he will enter the local fashion circuit only after establishing his eponymous label firmly in the United Kingdom.

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  • It successfully helped reposition the title firmly back in its heartland in the world of fashion. "

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  • The Tories remain firmly allied to the City and their big-finance friends, while the northern cities face horrendous new levels of unemployment.

    A sharply defined Miliband can pierce a fuzzy coalition

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