\ 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 But after something clicked during the club’s first road trip of the season, Melancon proceeded to turn in six consecutive scoreless outings to end April. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 14 May 2022 Aikins and Farrington, who Red Bull says have completed over 5,000 jumps together, are required to immediately turn in their commercial pilot certificates, master parachute rigger certificates and any other certificates, according to the FAA. Tori B. Powell, CBS News, 12 May 2022 The district office, at 411 N. Frio St., has a dropbox to turn in forms in person. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, 10 May 2022 Anyone who wants to turn in an unwanted firearm was urged to call the department’s non-emergency line at (858) 565-5200. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 May 2022 But first, the Jags have to turn in a draft card with Walker's name on it. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2022 Many waited until the last minute to turn in petitions, leaving no time to go out and try again. David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, 12 Mar. 2022 Experts also see a deeper disconnect, saying that both parties grew complacent in the belief that their turn in office would always come again. New York Times, 28 Apr. 2022 Many remembered the actress for her starring turn in Saved from the Titanic, a silent film made one month after Gibson was rescued. People Staff, PEOPLE.com, 15 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 25 May. 2022.

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