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attorn

[ uh-turn ]
/ 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

OTHER WORDS FROM attorn

at·torn·ment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for attorn

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

Derived forms of attorn

attornment, noun

Word Origin for attorn

C15: from Old French atourner to direct to, from tourner to turn
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