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verb [transitive]     bribe pronunciation in British English
/braɪb/
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present tense
I/you/we/theybribe
he/she/itbribes
present participlebribing
past tensebribed
past participlebribed
  1. to give money or presents to someone so that they will help you by doing something dishonest or illegal

    They were found guilty of trying to bribe officials.

    bribe someone to do something:

    They tried to bribe the judge to find their brother not guilty.

    1. a.
      to promise something to someone, especially a child, if they will agree to do what you want

      I tried bribing her with sweets, but it didn’t work.

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