Definition of attorn in English:

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attorn

Pronunciation: /əˈtərn/

verb

[no object] Law
1Formally make or acknowledge a transfer of something.
Example sentences
  • They were parties in the U.S. litigation and had attorned to U.S. jurisdiction.
  • Mrs. Varga shall attorn to this jurisdiction in relation to all issues of custody and access.
  • Having intervened the minister attorned to the jurisdiction of the court.
1.1 [with object] archaic Transfer (something) to someone else.
Example sentences
  • Mr. Binder had attorned rents to the first mortgagee.

Phrases

attorn tenant

Law Formally make or acknowledge a transfer of tenancy.
Example sentences
  • An attornment clause in a mortgage whereby the mortgagor attorns tenant at will to the mortgagee is not a true contract.

Origin

Middle English (in the senses 'turn, change, transform'): from Old French atorner 'appoint, assign', from a- (from Latin ad 'to, at') + torner 'to turn'.

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