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attorn

[uh-turn]Law.
verb (used without object)
  1. to acknowledge the relation of a tenant to a new landlord.
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verb (used with object)
  1. 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
Related formsat·torn·ment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for attorn

attorn

verb (intr)
  1. law to acknowledge a new owner of land as one's landlord
  2. feudal history to transfer allegiance or do homage to a new lord
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Derived Formsattornment, noun

Word Origin for attorn

C15: from Old French atourner to direct to, from tourner to turn
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Word Origin and History for attorn

v.

late 13c., Anglo-French, "to turn over to another," from Old French atorner "to turn, turn to, assign, attribute, dispose," from a- "to" + tourner "to turn" (see turn (v.)). In feudal law, "to transfer homage or allegiance to another lord."

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