3 a firm handshake
strong, vigorous, sturdy, robust, forceful
4 I was very firm about what I wanted to do he was a firm supporter of the National Democratic Party
unfaltering, unwavering, unflinching, unswerving, unyielding, unbending, inflexible, obdurate, obstinate, stubborn, intransigent;
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;
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