Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To agree to remain as a tenant of property after the transfer of its ownership.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To transfer one's obligations to a person to another person.
  • v. To consent to the transfer of one's obligations as tenant under a lease to a new landlord.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. 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.
  • intransitive v. To agree to become tenant to one to whom reversion has been granted.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To turn over to another; transfer; assign.
  • In old English law, to turn or transfer, as homage or service, to a new possessor, and accept tenancy under him.
  • In feudal law, to turn or transfer homage and service from one lord to another.
  • In modern law, to acknowledge being the tenant of one who was not the landlord originally, but claims to have become such.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. acknowledge a new land owner as one's landlord

Etymologies

Middle English attournen, from Old French atorner, to assign to : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + torner, to turn; see turn.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English attournen, from Old French atorner ("designate"), from a- ("to") + torner ("turn"). (Wiktionary)

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