- 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 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
November 24, 2014
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
October 11, 2014
Asked if he did anything wrong, Cianci responded simply, “I was not guilty of conspiracy to take a bribe.”Can America’s Favorite Ex-Con Mayor Win Again?
June 22, 2014
“I did not have enough money to bribe the judge, so I decided to become a mercenary,” Mozhayev told a local reporter.The Kremlin’s Crazy Shock Troops
May 22, 2014
Suppose a congressional aide overhears a phone call in which a senator takes a bribe.Democracy Demands a Journalist-Source Shield Law
Geoffrey R. Stone
April 15, 2014
Would a Sunday-school picnic constitute a bribe worth mentioning?Meadow Grass
"Maybe you could bribe Jim Wakely into giving something away," she suggested.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
No bribe—and he was shameless in his offers—could wring more than that from her.The Incomplete Amorist
Then I tried to bribe them, and they ordered me out of the room.'
You, with the impudence of your class, think you can come to me and bribe me to betray my employer.
- 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 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.