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bribe

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noun \ˈbrīb\

Simple Definition of bribe

  • : something valuable (such as money) that is given in order to get someone to do something

Full Definition of bribe

  1. 1 :  money or favor given or promised in order to influence the judgment or conduct of a person in a position of trust

  2. 2 :  something that serves to induce or influence

Examples of bribe

  1. I offered the children a bribe for finishing their homework.

  2. <that judge refused a huge bribe to dismiss the charges against the wealthy defendant>



Origin of bribe

Middle English, morsel given to a beggar, bribe, from Anglo-French, morsel


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with bribe


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bribe

verb

Simple Definition of bribe

  • : to try to get someone to do something by giving or promising something valuable (such as money) : to give or offer a bribe to (someone)

Full Definition of bribe

bribedbrib·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to induce or influence by or as if by bribery

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to practice bribery

brib·able play \ˈbrī-bə-bəl\ adjective
brib·ee play \ˌbrī-ˈbē\ noun
brib·er noun

Examples of bribe

  1. She was arrested for attempting to bribe a judge.

  2. They bribed him to keep quiet about the incident.

  3. We bribed the children with candy.



1528

First Known Use of bribe

1528



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