bribe Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of “bribe” - English Dictionary

Definition of "bribe" - American English Dictionary

See all translations

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)

Definition of "bribe" - British English Dictionary

See all translations

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.
More examples

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.
More examples
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)

Definition of "bribe" - Business English Dictionary

See all translations

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…
What is the pronunciation of bribe?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day
coeducational

having male and female students being taught together in the same school or college rather than separately

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

hyperpalatable adjective
hyperpalatable adjective
August 24, 2015
describes food with heightened levels of sugar and salt, intended to be extremely appealing In Brazil, where the prevalence of overweight and obese adults has doubled since 1980, crisps, biscuits, energy bars and sugary drinks formulated to be ‘hyper-palatable’ are much more widely eaten than previously.

Read More