Meaning of bribe

bribe

Pronunciation: (brīb), [key]
— n., v., bribed, brib•ing.
—n.
  1. money or any other valuable consideration given or promised with a view to corrupting the behavior of a person, esp. in that person's performance as an athlete, public official, etc.: The motorist offered the arresting officer a bribe to let him go.
  2. anything given or serving to persuade or induce: The children were given candy as a bribe to be good.
—v.t.
  1. to give or promise a bribe to: They bribed the reporter to forget about what he had seen.
  2. to influence or corrupt by a bribe: The judge was too honest to be bribed.
—v.i.
  1. to give a bribe; practice bribery.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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