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bribe

bribe

 
 
pronunciation:
braIb
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: something, esp. money, that is illicitly promised or given in return for privileges or favors, usu. to someone in a position of public trust.
The congressman was found to have taken bribes and was put under arrest.The judge was offered a bribe, but it was flatly refused.
similar words:
graft, hush money, kickback, reward
definition 2: anything offered with the intention of influencing or inducing.
similar words:
hush, incentive, inducement, money, protection
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: bribed, bribes, bribing
definition 1: to give or offer a bribe to.
He would never have risen to that position if he had not bribed someone in power.
synonyms:
buy, pay off
similar words:
corrupt, grease someone's palm
definition 2: to influence, induce, or corrupt by means of bribery.
synonyms:
corrupt
similar words:
grease someone's palm, induce, influence, pay off, suborn, tempt
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derivations: bribable (adj.), briber (n.)