- money or any other valuable consideration given or promised with a view to corrupting the behavior of a person, especially in that person's performance as an athlete, public official, etc.: The motorist offered the arresting officer a bribe to let him go.
- anything given or serving to persuade or induce: The children were given candy as a bribe to be good.
- to give or promise a bribe to: They bribed the reporter to forget about what he had seen.
- to influence or corrupt by a bribe: The judge was too honest to be bribed.
- to give a bribe; practice bribery.
Origin of bribe
Examples from the Web for bribing
His usual trick: bribing the night watchman to let him into the bank.The High Society Bank Robber of the 1800s
J. North Conway
October 19, 2014
Two charges of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office (bribing officials) ranging from 2004 to 2012.Rebekah Brooks Phone Hacking Trial Begins In London
Peter Jukes, Nico Hines
October 28, 2013
In the late 1980s several generic-drug companies were caught fabricating data and bribing FDA officials to gain approval.Those Generic Drugs May Not Have Been What You Thought They Were
May 17, 2013
The attorney scoffs at the idea that Gristina avoided arrest for so many years by bribing the police.Soccer Mom Allegedly Reaped Millions Running Upscale Brothel in New York
March 8, 2012
Now she was alternately wheedling, cursing, coaxing, bribing; all to no purpose.Waring's Peril
The idea of bribing her with an emerald pendant shocked him profoundly.Lady Bountiful
George A. Birmingham
I knew that I had done wrong in bribing a servant, but I was not a bit sorry for it.The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard
They are bribing me; they are positively bribing me, Richie.The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete
When it came to the point, and any bribing was to be done, I had hit upon a course.The Celebrity, Complete
- to promise, offer, or give something, usually money, to (a person) to procure services or gain influence, esp illegally
- a reward, such as money or favour, given or offered for this purpose
- any persuasion or lure
- a length of flawed or damaged cloth removed from the main piece
Word Origin and History for bribing
late 14c., "thing stolen," from Old French bribe "bit, piece, hunk; morsel of bread given to beggars" (14c., cf. Old French bribeor "vagrant, beggar"), from briber, brimber "to beg," a general Romanic word (Gamillscheg marks it as Rotwelsch, i.e. "thieves' jargon"), of uncertain origin; old sources suggest Celtic (cf. Breton breva "to break"). Shift of meaning to "gift given to influence corruptly" is by mid-15c.
late 14c., "pilfer, steal," also "practice extortion," from Old French briber "go begging," from bribe (see bribe (n.)). Related: Bribed; bribing.