bribe
Pronunciation Noun

bribe (plural bribes)

  1. Something (usually money) given in exchange for influence or as an inducement to dishonesty.
    • Undue reward for anything against justice is a bribe.
  2. That which seduces; seduction; allurement.
    • Not the bribes of sordid wealth can seduce to leave these everblooming sweets.
    • 1974, George Fox, Mario Puzo, Earthquake
      Remy, this was a bribe! Our whole marriage has been nothing but a series of bribes!
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bribe (bribes, present participle bribing; past and past participle bribed)

  1. (transitive) To give a bribe#Noun|bribe to; specifically, to ask a person to do something, usually against his/her will, in exchange for some type of reward or relief from potential trouble.
    • Neither is he worthy who bribes a man to vote against his conscience.
  2. (transitive) To gain by a bribe; to induce as by a bribe.
    to bribe somebody's compliance
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