[ uh-turn ]
/ əˈtɜrn /
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
OTHER WORDS FROM attornat·torn·ment, noun
Words nearby attorn
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British Dictionary definitions for attorn
/ (əˈtɜːn) /
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 attornattornment, noun
Word Origin for attorn
C15: from Old French atourner to direct to, from tourner to turn
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