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 At the heart of the case are allegations that officials steered taxpayer funds to favored projects in exchange for bribes. Desperation Town, ProPublica, "Why a Struggling Rust Belt City Pinned Its Revival on a Self-Chilling Beverage Can," 11 May 2020 Toby, like Martin, the Chilean player who has caused trouble by taking a bribe to throw a match, is at a crossroads in his life. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, "Han Ong on the Language of Tennis," 23 Mar. 2020 Demands for bribes to rural officials and police along the trees’ path from forest to factory were routine. Tim Mcdonnell, National Geographic, "Cameroon’s embattled ebony trees get a lifeline—from guitar maker," 17 June 2019 Also, Mexican security forces are known for often being corrupt and shaking migrants down for bribes. Peter Orsi And Christopher Sherman, chicagotribune.com, "After Mexico-U.S. tariff deal, migration experts raise concerns over what it could mean," 8 June 2019 He’s charged with endorsing the fraudulent admission of two students for $200,000 in bribes. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Trump targets new green cards," 22 Apr. 2020 Lee Jae-yong, the de facto Samsung chief, was convicted of giving Ms. Park $7 million in bribes. Choe Sang-hun, New York Times, "‘My Last Stand’: In South Korea, a Protester’s Lone Fight Against Samsung," 19 Apr. 2020 Correa was among 20 people, including his vice president, Jorge Glas, accused of accepting $8 million in bribes in exchange for public contracts from 2012 and 2016. José María León Cabrera, BostonGlobe.com, "Ecuador’s former president convicted on corruption charges," 7 Apr. 2020 The release of the photos is in response to Loughlin’s attorneys filing a motion to dismiss her criminal case based on the actress’ claim that the FBI told Singer to lie about Loughlin and Giannulli’s knowledge of bribes being paid. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "Lori Loughlin Is ‘in Constant Contact’ with Daughters as They Social Distance Separately," 13 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb An organized crime figure paid an FBI agent $10,000 a month in exchange for sensitive law enforcement information, according to court documents charging the agent, Babak Broumand, in a conspiracy to bribe a public official. Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, "Former FBI agent charged with pocketing bribes from organized crime figure," 24 Apr. 2020 They are accused of attempting to bribe an airport commissioner to vote in favor of allowing a business owned by Bovis at the airport and accepting gifts from a Chinese developer in town for business, FOX 2 reported. Fox News, "San Francisco mayor admits past romance, $5G car-repair loan from subject of FBI corruption probe," 15 Feb. 2020 The founder of Insys Therapeutics (INSYQ) was sentenced to 5½ years in federal prison for conspiring to bribe doctors to prescribe an addictive opioid painkiller, the Boston Globe says. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: Drug makers spent $120 million lobbying Congress in 2019; more investors are bullish on Biogen’s Alzheimer drug," 24 Jan. 2020 Firtash was indicted in 2014 for what federal prosecutors in the Northern District of Illinois allege was his role in bribing Indian officials in order to get a lucrative mining deal to sell titanium to Boeing. NBC News, "Giuliani sought private meeting with Ukrainian president, documents show," 15 Jan. 2020 In previous court documents, prosecutors said the couple knew their payments were being used to bribe a USC sports official. CBS News, "Lori Loughlin's lawyers say prosecutors are "concealing" key evidence in college admissions case," 16 Dec. 2019 Al-Khelaifi, an executive with Qatari broadcaster BeIN Sports, is implicated in bribing Valcke with use of a vacation villa to help retain World Cup rights for the 2026 and 2030 tournaments. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Swiss attorney general gets 4 more years amid FIFA fallout," 25 Sep. 2019 Gassnola, Gatto and other individuals partook in a conspiracy that relied on banking transactions and electronic communications to bribe high school basketballs stars and/or their family members and guardians. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Could NCAA's Latest Notice of Allegations Against Kansas End Bill Self?," 23 Sep. 2019 Fed up with the culture of extortion in his home country of Honduras, Alexander stopped bribing the gang members who accosted him on his way to pay workers at his father’s small ranch. oregonlive, "Oregon funds program to help immigrants with legal aid," 23 Nov. 2019

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

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16 May 2020

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“Bribe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bribe. Accessed 24 May. 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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