Definition of bribe verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

bribe

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//braɪb//
 
; NAmE NAmE//braɪb//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bribe
BrE BrE//braɪb//
 
; NAmE NAmE//braɪb//
 
he / she / it bribes
BrE BrE//braɪbz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//braɪbz//
 
past simple bribed
BrE BrE//braɪbd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//braɪbd//
 
past participle bribed
BrE BrE//braɪbd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//braɪbd//
 
-ing form bribing
BrE BrE//ˈbraɪbɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbraɪbɪŋ//
 
 
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to give somebody money or something valuable in order to persuade them to help you, especially by doing something dishonest bribe somebody (with something) They bribed the guards with cigarettes. bribe somebody into doing something She was bribed into handing over secret information. bribe somebody to do something She bribed him to sign the certificate. bribe your way… He managed to bribe his way onto the ship. He must have bribed his way out of the prison. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French briber, brimber ‘beg’, of unknown origin. The original sense was ‘rob, extort’, hence (as a noun) ‘theft, stolen goods’, also ‘money extorted or demanded for favours’, later ‘offer money as an incentive’ (early 16th cent.).
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