Meaning of “bribe” in the English Dictionary

"bribe" in British English

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bribeverb [ T ]

uk /braɪb/ us /braɪb/

C1 to try to make someone do something for you by giving them money, presents, or something else that they want :

[ + to infinitive ] They bribed the waiter to find them a better table.

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bribenoun [ C ]

uk /braɪb/ 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 wealthy businessmen.

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bribery
noun [ U ] uk /ˈbraɪ.bər.i/ us /ˈbraɪ.bɚ.i/

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 pass bills favoring particular companies.

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 building inspector.

(Definition of “bribe” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bribe" in Business English

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bribeverb [ T ]

uk /braɪb/ us 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 tax cuts.
bribe sb to do sth Corrupt officials had been bribed to approve shoddy construction work.

bribenoun [ C ]

uk /braɪb/ us 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 wealthy businessmen.
It was easy to see the gift as a sort of bribe.

(Definition of “bribe” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)