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bribe

 (brīb)
n.
1. Money or some other benefit given to a person in power, especially a public official, in an effort to cause the person to take a particular action.
2. Something offered to induce another to do something: tried to use dessert as a bribe to get the child to cooperate.
v. bribed, brib·ing, bribes
v.tr.
To give, offer, or promise a bribe to.
v.intr.
To give, offer, or promise bribes.

[Middle English, from Old French, piece of bread given as alms.]

brib′a·ble adj.
brib′er n.

bribe

(braɪb)
vb
to promise, offer, or give something, usually money, to (a person) to procure services or gain influence, esp illegally
n
1. a reward, such as money or favour, given or offered for this purpose
2. any persuasion or lure
3. (Textiles) a length of flawed or damaged cloth removed from the main piece
[C14: from Old French briber to beg, of obscure origin]
ˈbribable, ˈbribeable adj
ˈbriber n

bribe

(braɪb)

n., v. bribed, brib•ing. n.
1. money or other valuable consideration given or promised with a view to corrupting the behavior of a person, as a public official.
2. anything given or serving to persuade or induce.
v.t.
3. to give or promise a bribe to.
4. to influence or corrupt by a bribe.
v.i.
5. to give a bribe; practice bribery.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French: remnant of food given as alms]
brib′a•ble, adj.
brib′er, n.

bribe

- From Old French, it was originally a piece of bread given to beggars; the original sense of bribe is "extort, rob."
See also related terms for rob.

bribe


Past participle: bribed
Gerund: bribing

Imperative
bribe
bribe
Present
I bribe
you bribe
he/she/it bribes
we bribe
you bribe
they bribe
Preterite
I bribed
you bribed
he/she/it bribed
we bribed
you bribed
they bribed
Present Continuous
I am bribing
you are bribing
he/she/it is bribing
we are bribing
you are bribing
they are bribing
Present Perfect
I have bribed
you have bribed
he/she/it has bribed
we have bribed
you have bribed
they have bribed
Past Continuous
I was bribing
you were bribing
he/she/it was bribing
we were bribing
you were bribing
they were bribing
Past Perfect
I had bribed
you had bribed
he/she/it had bribed
we had bribed
you had bribed
they had bribed
Future
I will bribe
you will bribe
he/she/it will bribe
we will bribe
you will bribe
they will bribe
Future Perfect
I will have bribed
you will have bribed
he/she/it will have bribed
we will have bribed
you will have bribed
they will have bribed
Future Continuous
I will be bribing
you will be bribing
he/she/it will be bribing
we will be bribing
you will be bribing
they will be bribing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been bribing
you have been bribing
he/she/it has been bribing
we have been bribing
you have been bribing
they have been bribing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been bribing
you will have been bribing
he/she/it will have been bribing
we will have been bribing
you will have been bribing
they will have been bribing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been bribing
you had been bribing
he/she/it had been bribing
we had been bribing
you had been bribing
they had been bribing
Conditional
I would bribe
you would bribe
he/she/it would bribe
we would bribe
you would bribe
they would bribe
Past Conditional
I would have bribed
you would have bribed
he/she/it would have bribed
we would have bribed
you would have bribed
they would have bribed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bribe - payment made to a person in a position of trust to corrupt his judgmentbribe - payment made to a person in a position of trust to corrupt his judgment
payment - a sum of money paid or a claim discharged
hush money - a bribe paid to someone to insure that something is kept secret
kickback - a commercial bribe paid by a seller to a purchasing agent in order to induce the agent to enter into the transaction
payola - a bribe given to a disc jockey to induce him to promote a particular record
soap - money offered as a bribe
Verb1.bribe - make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence; "This judge can be bought"
crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offense, offence - (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act; "a long record of crimes"
pay - give money, usually in exchange for goods or services; "I paid four dollars for this sandwich"; "Pay the waitress, please"
sop - give a conciliatory gift or bribe to
buy off, pay off - pay someone with influence in order to receive a favor

bribe

noun
1. inducement, incentive, pay-off (informal), graft (informal), sweetener (slang), kickback (U.S.), sop, backhander (slang), enticement, hush money (slang), payola (informal), allurement, corrupting gift, reward for treachery He was being investigated for receiving bribes.
verb
1. buy off, reward, pay off (informal), lure, corrupt, get at, square, suborn, grease the palm or hand of (slang), influence by gifts, oil the palm of (informal) The company bribed the workers to be quiet.

bribe

noun
Money, property, or a favor given, offered, or promised to a person or accepted by a person in a position of trust as an inducement to dishonest behavior:
Informal: payoff.
Slang: boodle.
verb
To give, offer, or promise a bribe to:
buy (off).
Informal: pay off.
Translations
رَشْوَهيَرشويَرْشو، يُبَرْطِلُ
podplatitúplatek
bestikkebestikkelse
lahjoalahjus
mititimitopodmititipotkupitipotplatiti
megveszteget
mútamútur
賄賂を使う
뇌물을 주다
duoti kyšįkyšininkavimaskyšispapirkti
kukuliskukuļotpiekukuļotuzpirkt
podplatiťúplatok
podkupitipodkupnina
mitoмито
muta
ให้สินบน
hối lộ

bribe

[braɪb]
A. Nsoborno m, mordida f (CAm, Mex) , coima f (Andes, S. Cone)
to take a bribedejarse sobornar (from por)
B. VTsobornar, comprar
to bribe sb to do sthsobornar a algn para que haga algo

bribe

[ˈbraɪb]
npot-de-vin m
vt
[+ voters] → acheter
[+ police, official, guard] → soudoyer
to bribe sb to do sth → soudoyer qn pour qu'il fasse qch

bribe

nBestechung f; (= money also)Bestechungsgeld nt; as a bribeals Bestechung; to take a bribesich bestechen lassen, Bestechungsgeld nehmen; to offer somebody a bribejdn bestechen wollen, jdm Bestechungsgeld anbieten
vtbestechen; to bribe somebody to do somethingjdn bestechen, damit er etw tut

bribe

[braɪb]
1. nbustarella
2. vtcorrompere
to bribe sb to do sth → pagare qn sottobanco perché faccia qc

bribe

(braib) noun
a gift offered to persuade a person to do something, usually dishonest. Policemen are not allowed to accept bribes.
verb
to give (someone) a bribe. He bribed the guards to let him out of prison.
ˈbribery noun

bribe

يَرشو podplatit bestikke bestechen δωροδοκώ sobornar lahjoa corrompre podmititi corrompere 賄賂を使う 뇌물을 주다 omkopen bestikke przekupić subornar подкупать muta ให้สินบน rüşvet vermek hối lộ 贿赂
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She hated calls of the formal sort, and never made any till Amy compelled her with a bargain, bribe, or promise.
Half an hour's chopping wood in his lively fashion was enough to bring him a meal, and when the farmer had seen him working he would sometimes try to bribe him to stay.
They've got a right to come up and buy drinks at the bar yonder forrard, and they take that chance to bribe somebody to keep watch on me--porter or boots or somebody.
She was herself aggrieved at being left with nothing more than a life interest in her husband's property; she sided resolutely with Michael; and she stigmatized Andrew's proposal as an attempt to bribe her eldest son into withdrawing a charge against his brother which that brother knew to be true.
Miss Spenlow endeavoured,' said Miss Murdstone, 'to bribe me with kisses, work-boxes, and small articles of jewellery - that, of course, I pass over.
Dunsey will be coming home soon: there will be a great blow-up, and how will you bribe his spite to silence?
I have heard old men talk of prayer prayer by their own voice Such need not to court or to bribe the false priest But I I dare not
He was growing more and more excited, and this alarmed me for my father, who was very low that day and needed quiet; besides, I was reassured by the doctor's words, now quoted to me, and rather offended by the offer of a bribe.
Whether they were always so free from avarice, partialities, or want, that a bribe, or some other sinister view, could have no place among them?
My brother tried to bribe them to let him off, but far from listening to him they tied his hands, and forced him to walk between them to the presence of the judge.
My advice to him will be to take no bribe and surrender no right, and I have some other little matters in reserve, that shall be produced in due season for Sancho's benefit and the advantage of the island he is to govern.
There were times when I beat and kicked him madly, times when I cajoled and persuaded him, and once I tried to bribe him with the last bottle of burgundy, for there was a rain-water pump from which I could get water.