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Definition of bribe verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bribe
he / she / it bribes
past simple bribed
-ing form bribing
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to give someone 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.
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