noun \ˈbrīb\

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

Full Definition of BRIBE

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

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Rhymes with 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

transitive verb
:  to induce or influence by or as if by bribery
intransitive verb
:  to practice bribery
brib·able \ˈbrī-bə-bəl\ adjective
brib·ee \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.

First Known Use of BRIBE


Related to BRIBE

buy, corrupt, have, pay off, square, get at, grease the hand of (or grease the palm of), oil the hand of (or oil the palm of)


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