Meaning of BRIBE in English

BRIBE

I. bribe 1 /braɪb/ BrE AmE verb [transitive]

1 . to illegally give someone, especially a public official, money or a gift in order to persuade them to do something for you:

The only way we could get into the country was by bribing the border officials.

bribe somebody to do something

He bribed one of the guards to smuggle out a note.

2 . to offer someone, especially a child, something special in order to persuade them to do something

bribe somebody with something

Sam wouldn’t do her homework until I bribed her with ice cream.

II. bribe 2 BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: 'bread given to a beggar' ]

1 . money or a gift that you illegally give someone to persuade them to do something for you:

The officials said that they had been offered bribes before an important game.

accept/take a bribe

A Supreme Court judge was charged with taking bribes.

2 . something special offered to someone, especially a child, in order to persuade them to do something

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COLLOCATIONS

■ verbs

▪ offer somebody a bribe

Some sportsmen have been offered bribes to perform badly.

▪ accept/take a bribe

Any officials who accept bribes will face criminal charges.

▪ give somebody a bribe

They issued passports to people who gave them bribes.

▪ pay a bribe

It was claimed that the company paid bribes to win the contract.

■ bribe + NOUN

▪ bribe money

The mayor is accused of accepting bribe money.

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