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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Attorn  \At*torn"\,  v.  i.  [OF.  atorner  aturner,  atourner  to 
  direct,  prepare,  dispose,  attorn  (cf.  OE  atornen  to  return, 
  adorn);  [`a]  (L.  ad)  +  torner  to  turn;  cf  LL  attornare  to 
  commit  business  to  another,  to  attorn;  ad  +  tornare  to  turn, 
  L.  tornare  to  turn  in  a  lathe,  to  round  off  See  {Turn},  v. 
  t.] 
  1.  (Feudal  Law)  To  turn,  or  transfer  homage  and  service,  from 
  one  lord  to  another.  This  is  the  act  of  feudatories, 
  vassals,  or  tenants,  upon  the  alienation  of  the  estate. 
  --Blackstone. 
 
  2.  (Modern  Law)  To  agree  to  become  tenant  to  one  to  whom 
  reversion  has  been  granted. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  attorn 
  v  :  acknowledge  a  new  land  owner  as  one's  landlord,  of  tenants 




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