bribe

noun
\ ˈbrīb \

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

intransitive verb

: to practice bribery

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Other Words from bribe

Verb

bribable \ ˈbrī-​bə-​bəl \ adjective
bribee \ ˌbrī-​ˈbē \ noun
briber noun

Synonyms for bribe

Synonyms: Noun

backhander [British], boodle, cumshaw, fix, sop

Synonyms: Verb

buy, corrupt, have, pay off, square

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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

Elected officials are, however, now having a much easier time getting away with accepting bribes. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation will delegitimize the Supreme Court — and that’s good," 5 Oct. 2018 Two former senior members of the finance police, both former members of Italian intelligence, have been charged with spying on prosecutors in exchange for bribes. Manfred Manera, Newsweek, "Civil War in Venice as Corruption Scandal Grows," 18 July 2014 Amazon began investigating reports that some of its employees have been leaking company information in exchange for bribes, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Amazon looking into claims that employees delete bad reviews for cash," 17 Sep. 2018 Prosecutors had said the bribe money was funneled to Gary Pierce by Johnson and that Pierce tried to get the water company owner to buy him land worth at least $300,000. Fox News, "US drops bribery case against ex-Arizona utility regulator," 8 Aug. 2018 Cohen may have collected bribes after Trump’s election. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Michael Cohen Apparently Flipping Is Extremely Bad News for Trump," 2 July 2018 Two former Detroit police officers are heading to prison for pocketing cash bribes from collision shop owners in exchange for steering business their way and warning them about law enforcement activity. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Two ex-Detroit cops get prison for pocketing bribes from collision shops," 25 Apr. 2018 Cunningham's activities, which included keeping a bribe menu of prices for favors, brought added scrutiny to the power individual lawmakers could exercise over government spending decisions. Jonathan Allen, NBC News, "Hill Republicans weigh putting pork back on the table," 9 Jan. 2018 O’Hara, on the record in his own newspaper, called the Governor a lying, mentally unstable bribe-taker, likely to end up in Butler Hospital, the Providence in-patient psychiatric facility. Richard E. Farley, Town & Country, "The Great American Racetrack War," 9 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That meant these fraudulent voters were unregistered, and candidates faced an electorate that was harder to bribe. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Study: election reforms in Brazil might have saved children’s lives. Here’s how.," 3 Dec. 2018 The same people who thought bribing North Korea as Bill Clinton tried in the 1990s would prevent them from building nuclear weapons. Fox News, "Steve Bannon on NATO: Trump is saying 'no more games'," 12 July 2018 If Ollie in fact bribed a recruit, then regardless of whether the disclosure injures Ollie’s reputation there is no defamation: truth is an absolute defense to defamation. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Breaking Down Kevin Ollie's Case Against UConn and the University's Likely Defenses," 29 June 2018 Like voters elsewhere in Latin America, Colombians are fuming about serial scandals, including revelations that Odebrecht, a Brazilian construction company that bribed politicians across the region, paid some of Mr Santos’s campaign expenses. The Economist, "Colombia’s new president will struggle to heal his country’s divisions," 21 June 2018 Phelim McAleer and Jonathan Leaf wrote their new play based on the 1993 case Donziger vs. Chevron Corp., which seemed a major victory for environmentalists hoping to preserve Ecuador’s rain forests — until their lawyer got caught bribing judges. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF International Arts Festival opens with dance," 22 May 2018 According to the caption, the kids had to be bribed with lollipops to stay still for the pic. refinery29.com, "Chicago Is The Mirror Image Of Saint In New Kim K Instagram," 22 May 2018 Sometimes poachers bribed park staff for information or access. Helena Pozniak, Popular Mechanics, "The Technology That Will Finally Stop Poachers," 26 Nov. 2018 On Monday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the conviction of a coal company executive and a lawyer on charges related to bribing an Alabama state lawmaker. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Coal company executive and lawyer convicted of bribing Alabama lawmaker [Updated]," 24 July 2018

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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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bric-a-brac

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More Definitions for bribe

bribe

noun

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 \

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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