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.
- law to acknowledge a new owner of land as one’s landlord
- feudal history to transfer allegiance or do homage to a new lord
late 13c., Anglo-French, “to turn over to another,” from Old French atorner “to turn, turn to, assign, attribute, dispose,” from a- “to” + tourner “to turn” (see (v.)). In feudal law, “to transfer homage or allegiance to another lord.”