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/ əˈtɜrn /
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verb (used without object)

to acknowledge the relation of a tenant to a new landlord.

verb (used with object)

to turn over to another; transfer.



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Origin of attorn

1425–75; late Middle English attournen<Anglo-French attourner,Old French atourner to turn over to. See at-, turn
at·torn·ment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for attorn

/ (əˈtɜːn) /

verb (intr)

law to acknowledge a new owner of land as one's landlord
feudal history to transfer allegiance or do homage to a new lord
attornment, noun
C15: from Old French atourner to direct to, from tourner to turn
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