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

 

suborn

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//səˈbɔːn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//səˈbɔːrn//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they suborn
BrE BrE//səˈbɔːn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//səˈbɔːrn//
 
he / she / it suborns
BrE BrE//səˈbɔːnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//səˈbɔːrnz//
 
past simple suborned
BrE BrE//səˈbɔːnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//səˈbɔːrnd//
 
past participle suborned
BrE BrE//səˈbɔːnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//səˈbɔːrnd//
 
-ing form suborning
BrE BrE//səˈbɔːnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//səˈbɔːrnɪŋ//
 
 
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suborn somebody (law) to pay or persuade somebody to do something illegal, especially to tell lies in court to suborn a witness Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Latin subornare ‘incite secretly’, from sub- ‘secretly’ + ornare ‘equip’.
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