\ ˈtərn-ˌin How to pronounce turn-in (audio) \

Definition of turn-in

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something that turns in or is turned in

turn in

turned in; turning in; turns in

Definition of turn in (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to make an entrance by turning from a road or path
2 : to go to bed turned in early

transitive verb

1 : to deliver up : hand over turned in his badge and quit
2a : to inform on : betray
b : to deliver to an authority urged the wanted man to turn himself in
3 : to acquit oneself of : put on, produce turned in a good performance

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Examples of turn-in in a Sentence


turned in the banned assault rifle to the police it's almost midnight, so it's time to turn in

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In return for the more than 80 firearms turned in, including three assault weapons, participants received gift cards, gun-storage safes and trigger locks. Josh Kovner, courant.com, "In memory of Ethan Song, Guilford residents respond to firearm ‘buy back’ event, turning in more than 80 guns, including 3 assault weapons," 22 June 2019 Secretariat’s time is 2 seconds faster than the second-best time in the Belmont, turned in by Easy Goer in 1989. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al.com, "Rewinding the Belmont Stakes 2019: Sir Winston wins," 8 June 2019 All activities must be logged and turned in by Aug. 1. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Westlake library summer challenge goes digital for first time," 3 June 2019 Seven of the Spartans' nine hitters turned in base-hits Sunday. Samford Athletics, AL.com, "Samford baseball to play for season sweep at No. 19 Auburn Tuesday," 23 Apr. 2018 How to strike a balance between staying up to date and not turning in late? Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Go away from the blue light," 2 July 2019 There has never been a fireworks show that can compare to getting up on any building in Los Angeles and turning in a circle. Frank Shyong, latimes.com, "An appreciation of the pyrotechnic anarchy of Fourth of July in Los Angeles," 1 July 2019 The viewer is required not only to look down, but also to change orientation, as if wheeling or turning in a helicopter. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Cuyahoga 50 photo shows uncover fresh takes on the recovery of a once combustible river," 30 June 2019 Freddy Peralta took over for Houser to start the third inning and turned in four scoreless innings, keeping the Brewers within striking range. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mariners 4, Brewers 2: A familiar story as June swoon continues," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of turn-in


1873, in the meaning defined above


1535, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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