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

intransitive verb

: to practice bribery

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Other Words from bribe

Verb

bribable \ ˈbrī-​bə-​bəl How to pronounce bribe (audio) \ adjective
bribee \ ˌbrī-​ˈbē How to pronounce bribe (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 Fervent supporters defended her when an investigation by The City last month revealed that in 2002, Ms. Morales paid a $300 bribe to a corrupt water inspector to erase a $12,000-plus water meter bill and then lied twice to city investigators. New York Times, 9 June 2021 This is one of several PUCO audits probing FirstEnergy’s involvement with the HB6 scandal, in which ex-Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and others stand accused of using $60 million in FirstEnergy bribe money to secure the bill’s passage. cleveland, 7 June 2021 Why should a bribe be given to those who did not do their social responsibility and get vaccinated? Arkansas Online, 1 June 2021 Oh, and don’t send any kind of follow-up gift that might be considered a bribe or anything cutesy. Phil Blair, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 May 2021 The indirect bribe schemes described in the federal indictment are far from straightforward. David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2021 Umpire Joe West was awarded $500,000 in a defamation lawsuit against a former player who accused him of taking a bribe. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 13 Apr. 2021 The company scored a seminal victory in 2014 when a federal judge in New York found that Mr. Donziger and others on his team had offered a bribe to a judge in Ecuador and had ghost-written the court verdict. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, 2 May 2021 White, who represented the Union-Miles neighborhood, stepped down the day after he was indicted for taking a $500 bribe. Robert Higgs, cleveland, 23 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Law enforcement officials worry that so much money in the system is an invitation not just to criminal activity outside prison but within it, as more inmates have the means to bribe their guards. Devlin Barrett, Anchorage Daily News, 9 June 2021 In reality, the guns were used to bribe coal officials in a pay-to-play scheme at a local mine. USA Today, 27 May 2021 If a company were to illegally bribe foreign officials, that would be fully deductible, as would be the penalty from the Justice Department once it was caught. Jeff Hoopes, Fortune, 15 May 2021 Cartel profits are funneled through sophisticated laundering and bulk-cash smuggling networks, then used in part to bribe public officials, the indictment alleges. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Apr. 2021 Three other defendants in the case were either convicted of or pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to bribe public officials and have been sentenced to prison. Mengqi Sun, WSJ, 1 Mar. 2021 Every project is an opportunity for congressional leadership to bribe a member with a project for their vote. Adam Andrzejewski, Forbes, 6 May 2021 Commonwealth Edison, the state’s largest utility provider, last year was forced to pay a $200 million fine for attempting to bribe Madigan by providing no-work contracts and other perks to the speaker’s inner circle. Austin Berg, National Review, 28 Feb. 2021 According to testimony by Mr. López, Ms. Coronel hatched a plot to bribe Mexico’s top prison official, but before the plan could be carried out Mr. Guzmán was extradited to the United States to stand trial. New York Times, 22 Feb. 2021

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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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14 Jun 2021

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“Bribe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bribe. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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 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

bribe

transitive verb
bribed; bribing

Legal Definition of bribe (Entry 2 of 2)

: to influence (a person) by giving a bribe

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