Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “bribe”

bribe

verb [T] uk   /braɪb/ us  
C1 to try to make someone do something for you by giving them money, presents, or something else that they want : He bribed immigration officials and entered the country illegally. [+ to infinitive] They bribed the waiter to find them a better table.

bribe

noun [C] uk   /braɪb/ us  
C1 money or a present that you give to someone so that they will do something for you, usually something dishonest: He was accused of accepting/taking bribes from wealthy businessmen.
bribery
noun [U] uk   /ˈbraɪ.bər.i/ us    /-bɚ-/
C2 The organization was rife with bribery and corruption.
(Definition of bribe from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of bribe?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “bribe” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

hello stranger

said to a person that you know but have not seen for a long time

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

silver splicer noun

November 17, 2014
informal a person who marries in later life Newly retired and now newlywed – rise of the ‘silver splicers’ Reaching pension age becomes a trigger to tie the knot as baby-boomers begin to redefine retirement

Read More