\ 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


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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Two police officers who fatally shot an unarmed black man last year won’t face charges, Sacramento prosecutors said Saturday, the latest turn in a case that sparked protests in this California city. Dan Frosch, WSJ, "Sacramento Officers Won’t Be Charged for Stephon Clark’s Fatal Shooting," 2 Mar. 2019 The military parade set to take place in Washington, D.C., the day before Veterans Day 2018 has been cancelled, and the mayor of the city is gladly taking credit for the turn in events. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "The Mayor of Washington, D.C., Is Taking Credit for Getting Trump's Military Parade Cancelled," 17 Aug. 2018 In truth, the nativist turn in American politics has not been driven by the public’s concerns about border security, per se, but rather by widespread anxieties about rapid demographic change. Eric Leivtz, Daily Intelligencer, "For Democrats, Immigration Is a Political Problem Without a Policy Solution," 2 July 2018 Photo: Ahn Young-joon/Associated Press Students can flunk the dating courses through low test scores, failure to turn in papers chronicling their fake dates, or missing too many classes. Mary Ryu, WSJ, "Failing at Love? Maybe It’s Time for Classes," 15 Feb. 2019 But there are always ballots turned in on Election Day, as well as provisional ballots, that can’t be re-checked. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Florida’s high-stakes recounts for governor and Senate, explained," 15 Nov. 2018 Sony’s smartphone division continues to turn in unimpressive performance, but the company remains the market leader in image sensors. Sam Byford, The Verge, "Sony announces world’s highest-resolution image sensor for phone cameras," 23 July 2018 The tortoise was turned in by a person who found the animal on Cottonwood Avenue, according Mark Hess, HAWS field services manager. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tortoise found in downtown Hartland was adopted in less than 24 hours," 28 June 2018 The top items turned in by thousands of volunteers were cigarette butts (which contain plastic fibers), followed by food wrappers, beverage bottles, bottle caps and grocery bags — all made of plastic. James Rainey /, NBC News, "Top items from beach cleanup: plastics, plastics and more plastics," 27 June 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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