The act or practice of giving or taking bribes; the act of influencing the official or political action of another by corrupt inducements.
Grand corruption Principal-agent theory
To pay, solicit, or receive a private favor for public action.
A bribe can be defined as a payoff to persuade someone to put your interests ahead of the interests that the bribe-taker is supposed to be serving. [SMB
A crime consisting of the corrupt receipt or payment of anything of value in return for actions by another person.
Any valuable consideration given or promised in return for corrupt behaviour in the performance of official or public duty. Anything given or serving to persuade or induce.
"The offense of giving or receiving a gift or reward intended to influence a person in the exercise of a judicial or public duty."
Bribery is the practice of offering a professional or an authority person money or other favours in order to circumvent ethics or other rules in a variety of situations. In some cases, the briber holds a powerful role and controls the transaction; in other cases, a bribe may be effectively extracted from the person paying it. Also see campaign contributions and other payoff from powerful corporations when making choices in the interests of those corporations, or in anticipation of favorable policy. See also influence peddling, campaign contributions, rent seeking...
Bribery is a crime implying a sum or gift given alters the behavior of the person in ways not consistent with the duties of that person. It is defined by Black's Law Dictionary as the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of any item of value to influence the actions as an official or other person in discharge of a public or legal duty. The bribe is the gift bestowed to influence the receiver's conduct.