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.
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noun 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 transitive verb , bribed bribing to offer or give a bribe to to get or influence by bribing intransitive verb
to give a bribe or bribes
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noun 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. verb bribed bribed
bribes verb , transitive
To give, offer, or promise a bribe to.
verb , intransitive
To give, offer, or promise bribes.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, piece of bread given as alms. Related Forms: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved. bribe - Business Definition
A promise, payment, or good offered or given in anticipation of receiving special treatment likely to be judged unethical.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Business Terms Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved. bribe - Legal Definition
Money or other valuable consideration (including a gift or favor) given or
promised with the intent to corruptly influence the judgment or actions of a
person, especially one in a position of trust such as a public official or
To give or promise a bribe. To gain influence by a bribe. Webster's New World Law Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.