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Definition of "bribe" []

  • Something, such as money or a favor, offered or given to a person in a position of trust to influence that person's views or conduct. (noun)
  • Something serving to influence or persuade. (noun)
  • To give, offer, or promise a bribe to. (verb-transitive)
  • To give, offer, or promise bribes. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bribe" in a sentence
  • "Whether a reward conferred for obedience shall operate as a bribe, or rather as a price paid -- for a _bribe_, strictly speaking, is a price paid, not for doing right, but for doing wrong -- depends sometimes on very slight differences in the management of the particular case -- differences which an undiscriminating mother will not be very ready to appreciate."
  • "Prosecutors said the defendants knew they were breaking the law when they agreed to pay the $1.5 million "commission" to the official, even if the word "bribe" wasn't mentioned."
  • "A bribe is a bribe is a bribe is a political payoff!"