bribe

[ brahyb ]
/ braɪb /

noun

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.

verb (used with object), bribed, brib·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), bribed, brib·ing.

to give a bribe; practice bribery.

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Origin of bribe

1350–1400; Middle English <Middle French: remnant of food given as alms, said to be < an expressive base *bri(m)b- denoting something small

OTHER WORDS FROM bribe

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Example sentences from the Web for bribe

  • And then the latter man has the briber so much at advantage.

    Lady Anna|Anthony Trollope
  • André was a spy and briber, who sought to ruin the American cause by means of the treachery of an American general.

    George Washington, Vol. I|Henry Cabot Lodge
  • Briber and grafter are now 'good men,' and would have passed for virtuous in the American community of seventy years ago.

  • Perhaps you would be willing to give me the name of this briber, Mr. Hatch?

    The Wreckers|Francis Lynde

British Dictionary definitions for bribe

bribe
/ (braɪb) /

verb

to promise, offer, or give something, usually money, to (a person) to procure services or gain influence, esp illegally

noun

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

Derived forms of bribe

bribable or bribeable, adjectivebriber, noun

Word Origin for bribe

C14: from Old French briber to beg, of obscure origin
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