\ 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

Examples of turn-in in a Sentence

Verb turned in the banned assault rifle to the police it's almost midnight, so it's time to turn in
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Hawke’s decision is the latest turn in an drama that has stirred emotions across the country of 26 million people. Stuart Condie, WSJ, 14 Jan. 2022 The mistrial request was the latest turn in a dramatic trial that has lasted over a week and features dozens of witnesses and videos. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, 18 Nov. 2021 The defaults are the latest turn in the highly contentious legal battle against Jones by parents of several children killed in the horrific 2012 shooting that left 20 first graders and six educators dead. Zach Murdock, courant.com, 15 Nov. 2021 More: Those breakouts are the latest turn in a year that saw Wallen virtually blacklisted by the Nashville establishment after a scandal in which the up-and-coming artist was caught using a racial slur on video. al, 15 Nov. 2021 The surprise twist is the latest turn in a years-long saga to convert the vacant site, formerly home to a notorious McDonald’s, into affordable housing. Mallory Moench, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Oct. 2021 Trump’s effort to block compliance with the subpoenas is the latest turn in an intensifying campaign among Republicans to rewrite the history of Jan. 6, downplaying or outright denying the violence that took place. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Oct. 2021 Audiences turn in to the real-life equivalent of the DiCaprio-in-Once-Upon-a-Time-in-Hollywood meme whenever these performers show up. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 30 Dec. 2021 So, where could WWE possibly turn in this scenario? Blake Oestriecher, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021

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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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“Turn-in.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turn-in. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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