- 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.
bribe definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English ; from Old French morsel of bread given to beggars ; from briber, to beg
bribe definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Something, such as money or a favor, offered or given to a person in a position of trust to influence that person's views or conduct.
- Something serving to influence or persuade.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, piece of bread given as alms.
- bribˈa·ble adjective
- bribˈer noun
bribe - Business Definition
bribe - Legal Definition
- To give or promise a bribe.
- To gain influence by a bribe.