verb (used with object), bribed, brib·ing.
verb (used without object), bribed, brib·ing.
Origin of bribe
Examples from the Web for bribing
His usual trick: bribing the night watchman to let him into the bank.
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Megan McArdle|May 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Michael Daly|March 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Israel was in the way of bribing God again, forgetting, in the heat of his desire, the shame of his journey to Shawan.The Scapegoat|Hall Caine
It is by bribing, not so often by being bribed, that wicked politicians bring ruin on mankind.
We have been drumming and bribing in your country like recruiting sergeants.Debit and Credit|Gustav Freytag
She thanked me with a cynical smile, evidently placing her own evil interpretation on my motive for bribing her.The Law and the Lady|Wilkie Collins
I suspected my father in this affair, and, bribing one of his slaves, was informed of all concerning you.The Thousand and One Days|Julia Pardoe
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.