\ˈtərn-ˌin \

Definition of turn-in 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: something that turns in or is turned in

turn 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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Synonyms & Antonyms for turn-in

Synonyms: Verb

bed, crash [slang], doss (down) [chiefly British], retire

Antonyms: Verb

arise, get up, rise, uprise

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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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The effects from Chris have already taken a deadly turn in North Carolina. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Tropical Storm Chris expected to become hurricane, bring dangerous surf while staying off coast," 10 July 2018 Tile work took a turn in the 17th century, when the blue-and-white ceramics coming out of Holland, then a superpower in matters of taste, left its mark on Portugal, where blue and white can still predominate. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "A Portuguese Palace That’s a Tile Lover’s Dream Destination," 5 July 2018 And nowhere to hide with the bullpen running on steam after turning in six innings Saturday and 11 more Sunday. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Again, Dodgers beat up on Padres' Luis Perdomo," 9 July 2018 Opponents of the 31-year-old law limiting police coordination on immigration arrests have turned in 105,000 signatures to state elections officials and are waiting to see if Initiative Petition 22 will qualify for the November ballot. Tony Perry, BostonGlobe.com, "Most migrant children under 5 won’t be reunited with parents by deadline," 9 July 2018 Rottich and Kiplagat took turns in the lead after turning the into a two-man duel — third-place Allan Spangler of Juneau was more than seven minutes back in 2:33:18. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Racing in front of his wife and kids for the first time, Kiplagat beats his brother for his 4th Mayor’s Marathon title," 24 June 2018 Typically, candidates try to qualify by turning in petitions with signatures of valid voters — in this case, a candidate would need 2,224 signatures — but the deadline to qualify by petition was May 21. Staff Report, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Governor puts Lake County clerk job on ballot, appoints interim," 15 June 2018 Brain Garr finished second with a 57.9 after turning in a 13.7 in the final. Brett Hoffman, star-telegram, "Trevor Brazile doubles his fun at Windy Ryon Memorial Roping event | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 27 May 2018 Hinchcliffe found himself on the bubble early in a rain-soaked, pressure-packed Saturday after turning in a disappointing time in his first qualifying attempt. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Heartbroken James Hinchcliffe fails to qualify for Indy 500," 19 May 2018

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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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