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1 a : to make firm, stable, or stationary
b : to attach physically
2 : to influence the actions, outcome, or effect of by improper or illegal methods [conspiracy to defraud the government by ing income tax cases "W. R. LaFave and A. W. Scott, Jr."]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.