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BRIBE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bribe mean? 

BRIBE (noun)
  The noun BRIBE has 1 sense:

1. payment made to a person in a position of trust to corrupt his judgment

  Familiarity information: BRIBE used as a noun is very rare.


BRIBE (verb)
  The verb BRIBE has 1 sense:

1. make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence

  Familiarity information: BRIBE used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


BRIBE (noun)


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Meaning:

Payment made to a person in a position of trust to corrupt his judgment

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Synonyms:

bribe; payoff

Hypernyms ("bribe" is a kind of...):

payment (a sum of money paid)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bribe"):

hush money (a bribe paid to someone to insure that something is kept secret)

kickback (a commercial bribe paid by a seller to a purchasing agent in order to induce the agent to enter into the transaction)

payola (a bribe given to a disc jockey to induce him to promote a particular record)

soap (money offered as a bribe)


BRIBE (verb)


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Meaning:

Make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

bribe; grease one's palms; buy; corrupt

Context example:

This judge can be bought

Hypernyms (to "bribe" is one way to...):

pay (give money, usually in exchange for goods or services)

Domain category:

crime; law-breaking ((criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bribe"):

sop (give a conciliatory gift or bribe to)

buy off; pay off (pay someone with influence in order to receive a favor)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

Sam cannot bribe Sue


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