From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
   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.
      [1913 Webster]

   2. (Modern Law) To agree to become tenant to one to whom
      reversion has been granted.
      [1913 Webster]
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