verb (used with object), bribed, brib·ing.
verb (used without object), bribed, brib·ing.
Origin of bribe
Examples from the Web for bribe
In a sense, she attempts to bribe the pastor, offering to make his church her home.The Good Wife’s Religion Politics: Voters Have No Faith in Alicia's Atheism|Regina Lizik|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But at least in Moscow, a bribe or a good connection stand you a fighting chance to get what you need.Despite ObamaCare, US Health System Still a Complete Mess|Molly Worthen|October 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Asked if he did anything wrong, Cianci responded simply, “I was not guilty of conspiracy to take a bribe.”
“I did not have enough money to bribe the judge, so I decided to become a mercenary,” Mozhayev told a local reporter.
Suppose a congressional aide overhears a phone call in which a senator takes a bribe.
Wherever Henry or his allies could bribe or bully the learned doctors, an answer was usually given in the affirmative.A Student's History of England, v. 2 (of 3)|Samuel R. Gardiner.
No bribe could seduce—no threat divert Mr. Adams from the path of duty.Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution|L. Carroll Judson
He thought of going back and finding Maria Consuelo's maid—he might bribe her to prevent her mistress's departure.Don Orsino|F. Marion Crawford
I reckoned on being able to bribe Forde to help me to do this.Mortomley's Estate, Vol. III (of 3)|Charlotte Elizabeth Lawson Cowan Riddell
Why will they attempt to bribe Science to certify to the writings of God?Individuality|Robert G. Ingersoll
Word Origin for bribe
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.