\ 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

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 Among the proposals was a suggestion to use six national databases to better track opioid abuse, along with state databases and information about unused opioids turned in to authorities. Scott Higham, Anchorage Daily News, "Could the DEA have stopped the opioid epidemic by cutting off the supply?," 28 Dec. 2019 Tokyo will do the same for its turn in the spotlight. Fran Golden / Bloomberg, Time, "8 Cruise Destinations to Inspire Your 2020 Travel Plans," 27 Dec. 2019 Deep playoff runs The deepest trip by a local team into the postseason waters was turned in by the Deer Park softball team. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Jaw-dropping race caps year of Deer Park sports highlights," 19 Dec. 2019 Found property: West Washington Street A red child’s wallet containing cash was turned in to police at 8:32 p.m. Dec. 5. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "No Christmas cheer for dog owner and man who loses his vodka and pocket knife: Chagrin Falls Police Blotter," 18 Dec. 2019 Defense This was the second straight putrid effort turned in by the Colts defense. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Colts do everything wrong in falling from playoff race," 17 Dec. 2019 Trader Joe’s Trio of Cookie Baking Mixes turn in to easy-to-make treats. Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "Cute Trader Joe’s products will make your holidays merry and bright," 6 Dec. 2019 Amukamara bit on the double move where wide receiver Marvin Jones, on the outside on the same spot last week, turned in and Jeff Driskel promptly fired an interception. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, "Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts on the Bears’ 24-20 win over the Lions," 28 Nov. 2019 One Twitter user's ethically questionable Band-Aid is to ask hotel staff if any chargers have been turned in to the lost and found. oregonlive, "A guy tweeted an ingenious hotel-room hack - and Twitter responded with their own," 8 Oct. 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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The first known use of turn-in was in 1535

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“Turn-in.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turn%20in. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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