Bribe meaning

brīb
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.

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To offer or give a bribe to.
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To give a bribe or bribes.
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Anything, esp. money, given or promised to induce a person to do something illegal or wrong.
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Anything given or promised to induce a person to do something against his or her wishes.
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To get or influence by bribing.
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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 juror.
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To give or promise a bribe.
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To gain influence by a bribe.
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Something (usually money) given in exchange for influence or as an inducement to dishonesty.
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That which seduces; seduction; allurement.
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To give a bribe to.
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To gain by a bribe; to induce as by a bribe.

To bribe somebody's compliance.

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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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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.
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Something offered to induce another to do something.

Tried to use dessert as a bribe to get the child to cooperate.

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To give, offer, or promise a bribe to.
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To give, offer, or promise bribes.
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Origin of bribe

  • Middle English from Old French piece of bread given as alms

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French briber (“go begging”).

    From Wiktionary