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Meaning of “bribe” in the English Dictionary

"bribe" in British English

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bribeverb [T]

uk   us   /braɪb/
C1 to ​try to make someone do something for you by giving them ​money, ​presents, or something ​else that they ​want : He bribed ​immigrationofficials and ​entered the ​countryillegally. [+ to infinitive] They bribed the ​waiter tofind them a ​bettertable.

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bribenoun [C]

uk   us   /braɪb/
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 ​wealthybusinessmen.

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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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bribe" in American English

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bribenoun [C]

 us   /brɑɪb/
the ​act of giving someone ​money or something ​else of ​value, often ​illegally, to ​persuade that ​person to do something you ​want: Congressmen have been ​accused of ​accepting bribes to ​passbillsfavoringparticularcompanies.

bribeverb [T]

 us   /brɑɪb/
to give someone ​money or something ​else of ​value, often ​illegally, to ​persuade that ​person to do something you ​want: He was ​accused of bribing a ​buildinginspector.
(Definition of bribe from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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bribeverb [T]

uk   us   /braɪb/ LAW
to ​try to make someone do something for you, often something dishonest, by giving them ​money, ​gifts, or something else that they want: bribe sb with sth They were ​accused of ​trying to bribe ​voters with promises of ​taxcuts.bribe sb to do sth Corrupt ​officials had been bribed to ​approve shoddy ​constructionwork.

bribenoun [C]

uk   us   /braɪb/ LAW
money or a ​gift that you give to someone so that they will do something for you, often something dishonest: offer/accept/take a bribe He was ​accused of ​accepting bribes from ​wealthybusinessmen. It was ​easy to see the ​gift as a ​sort of bribe.
(Definition of bribe from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “bribe”
in Korean 뇌물…
in Arabic رَشْوة…
in Malaysian rasuah…
in French pot-de-vin…
in Russian взятка…
in Chinese (Traditional) 賄賂, 收買…
in Italian bustarella, tangente, mazzetta…
in Turkish rüşvet verme…
in Polish łapówka…
in Spanish soborno…
in Vietnamese vật hối lộ…
in Portuguese suborno…
in Thai สินบน…
in German das Bestechungsgeld…
in Catalan suborn…
in Japanese わいろ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 贿赂, 收买…
in Indonesian suap…
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