bribe

noun
\ ˈbrīb How to pronounce bribe (audio) \

Definition of bribe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : money or favor given or promised in order to influence the judgment or conduct of a person in a position of trust police officers accused of taking bribes
2 : something that serves to induce or influence offered the kid a bribe to finish his homework

bribe

verb
bribed; bribing

Definition of bribe (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to influence the judgment or conduct of (someone) with or as if with offers of money or favor : to induce or influence by or as if by bribery attempting to bribe a judge bribing a child with candy

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Verb

bribable \ ˈbrī-​bə-​bəl How to pronounce bribable (audio) \ adjective
bribee \ ˌbrī-​ˈbē How to pronounce bribee (audio) \ noun
briber noun

Synonyms for bribe

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of bribe in a Sentence

Noun I offered the children a bribe for finishing their homework. that judge refused a huge bribe to dismiss the charges against the wealthy defendant Verb She was arrested for attempting to bribe a judge. They bribed him to keep quiet about the incident. We bribed the children with candy.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Prosecutors argued that paying a bribe is no less a crime than accepting one. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore businessman who bribed Maryland Del. Cheryl Glenn sentenced to 18 months in federal prison," 17 Sep. 2020 Earlier on Wednesday, Valcke told the court a 500,000-euro ($593,000) payment that he was accused of accepting as a bribe from the Greek businessman was actually a loan. Hugo Miller, Bloomberg.com, "FIFA’s Former No. 2 Caught Up in Scandal Had $11 Million Debt," 16 Sep. 2020 These are hard times, so throw out a bribe, offer to pick up anyone who wants to go with him (safely) and ask him to give it a shot. Meghan Leahy, Washington Post, "My suddenly sedentary teen seems stuck. How much should I push him to move?," 9 Sep. 2020 Suns team owner Robert Sarver denies any bribe was paid to DiCiccio. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, "Controversy surfaces for Phoenix Suns soon after team shines in NBA bubble," 2 Sep. 2020 The case arose after a Georgia police officer named Nathan Van Buren was caught taking a bribe to look up confidential information in a police database. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Online voting vendor Voatz urges Supreme Court to limit security research," 8 Sep. 2020 This may be accompanied by a cynical shrug, perhaps after reading about the latest Chinese hospital boss arrested for bribe-taking or a fresh scandal involving fake medicines. The Economist, "Chaguan China needs to train more doctors," 29 Aug. 2020 Throughout August, Kriuchkov allegedly attempted to persuade the Tesla staffer by upping the bribe to $1 million, and by arguing that the malware would be encrypted such that it couldn't be traced to the staffer who installed it. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "A Tesla Employee Thwarted an Alleged Ransomware Plot," 27 Aug. 2020 It’s the legal football that can’t find a South Florida prosecutor to receive: Did someone arrange a bribe to weaken the robbery case against two NFL players? Rafael Olmeda, sun-sentinel.com, "A payoff was set up when NFL players faced charges, cops say. But no prosecutor wants to touch it.," 20 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Six people allegedly conspired to bribe Amazon employees and contractors in order to gain a competitive advantage on the retailer's marketplace, federal prosecutors announced Friday. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "Feds charge 6 people with bribing Amazon employees to gain edge on marketplace," 18 Sep. 2020 So positioned, a young lad with an interest in nature could easily arrange invitations, bankroll travel and bribe their way around any obstacle. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Have you ever wondered why you can find so many plant species? Thank these early explorers," 18 Sep. 2020 As the recent college-admissions scandal showed, even wealthy kids with every resource at their disposal sometimes can’t hack it in high school and need their parents to bribe them into a decent university. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "Genetics Affect Intelligence: Confronting the Consequences, from the Left," 17 Sep. 2020 Nuru stands accused of taking favors in return for inside contracting information and of an alleged attempt to bribe a San Francisco airport commissioner. Phil Matier, SFChronicle.com, "Stylists say Pelosi’s hair salon visit not a one-off — everybody’s doing it," 6 Sep. 2020 That's a problem because an attacker could hack or bribe a Voatz employee, then use the employee's access to Voatz source code to steal credentials required to mount an attack on live election systems. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Why experts are overwhelmingly skeptical of online voting," 3 Sep. 2020 From around 2007 to 2016 the company had engaged in a scheme to bribe Chinese officials in order to obtain the direct-selling licenses, federal prosecutors said. Dylan Tokar, WSJ, "Herbalife Nutrition Agrees to Pay $123 Million to Settle China Bribery Allegations," 28 Aug. 2020 Hire a mistress dispeller to gain the woman's confidence or bribe her to break up the relationship. Yiren Lu, Wired, "A Week of Uncontrolled Sobbing at a Chinese Business Seminar," 17 Aug. 2020 Wirmani said in his July 9 motion to revoke or modify Hamilton’s conditions of pretrial release that Martin was unwittingly used by her ex-boss in his scheme to bribe the councilwoman. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Dallas developer accused of improper contact with witness in bribery case," 5 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of bribe

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1528, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for bribe

Noun and Verb

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

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Time Traveler for bribe

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The first known use of bribe was in the 15th century

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29 Sep 2020

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“Bribe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bribe. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for bribe

bribe

noun
How to pronounce bribe (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of bribe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

bribe

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bribe (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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)

bribe

noun
\ ˈbrīb How to pronounce bribe (audio) \

Kids Definition of bribe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something given or promised to a person in order to influence dishonestly a decision or action

bribe

verb
bribed; bribing

Kids Definition of bribe (Entry 2 of 2)

: to influence or try to influence dishonestly by giving or promising something

bribe

noun

Legal Definition of bribe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a benefit (as money) given, promised, or offered in order to influence the judgment or conduct of a person in a position of trust (as an official or witness) — compare kickback
bribed; bribing

Legal Definition of bribe (Entry 2 of 2)

: to influence (a person) by giving a bribe

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