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bribe

noun \ ˈbrīb \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of bribe

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

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

Recent Examples of bribe from the Web

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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
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
intransitive verb
: 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.

Recent Examples of bribe from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of bribe

see 1bribe

bribe Synonyms

Synonyms
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)
Related Words
fix, tamper (with); abase, debase, debauch, defile, degrade, demean, deprave, dishonor, pervert, poison, profane, prostitute, subvert, taint, warp; allure, bait, beguile, entice, lead on, lure, seduce, tempt; motivate, provoke, spur, stimulate; goad, induce; flatter, persuade; snare, trap

BRIBE Defined for English Language Learners

bribe

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

noun \ ˈbrīb \

Definition of bribe for Students

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

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bribe

verb

Definition of bribe for Students

bribed; bribing
: to influence or try to influence dishonestly by giving or promising something

Law Dictionary

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bribe

noun

legal Definition of bribe

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


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