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bribe

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noun \ˈbrīb\

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 police officers accused of taking bribes

  2. 2 :  something that serves to induce or influence offered the kid a bribe to finish his homework

Examples of bribe in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of bribe

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


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bribe

verb

Definition of bribe

bribed

;

bribing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  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

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to practice bribery

bribable

play \ˈbrī-bə-bəl\ adjective

bribee

play \ˌbrī-ˈbē\ noun

briber

noun

Examples of bribe in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of bribe

see 1bribe


BRIBE Defined for English Language Learners

bribe

play
noun

Definition of bribe for English Language Learners

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

bribe

verb

Definition of bribe for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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bribe

play
noun \ˈbrīb\

Definition of bribe for Students

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


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bribe

play
verb

Definition of bribe for Students

bribed

;

bribing

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


Law Dictionary

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bribe

noun

Legal Definition of bribe

  1. :  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


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bribe

transitive verb

Legal Definition of bribe

bribed

bribing

  1. :  to influence (a person) by giving a bribe



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