- The definition of a bribe is money or other items of value given to entice someone to do what you want.
A sum of $500 paid to a police officer not to arrest you is an example of a bribe.
- To bribe someone is to offer something of value in exchange for the person doing what you want.
When you offer a city building inspector $500 to give you a positive inspection report on a sub par construction project, this is an example of a situation where you bribe the inspector.
- anything, esp. money, given or promised to induce a person to do something illegal or wrong
- anything given or promised to induce a person to do something against his or her wishes
Origin of bribeMiddle English ; from OFr, morsel of bread given to beggars ; from briber, to beg
- to offer or give a bribe to
- to get or influence by bribing
- Money or some other benefit given to a person in power, especially a public official, in an effort to cause the person to take a particular action.
- Something offered to induce another to do something: tried to use dessert as a bribe to get the child to cooperate.
verbbribed, brib·ing, bribes
Origin of bribeMiddle English, from Old French, piece of bread given as alms.
(third-person singular simple present bribes, present participle bribing, simple past and past participle bribed)
- To give a bribe to.
- To gain by a bribe; to induce as by a bribe.
- to bribe somebody's compliance
From Old French briber (“go begging”).
bribe - Legal Definition
- To give or promise a bribe.
- To gain influence by a bribe.